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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Pool 4
- 11th Jan 2014
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Stade Jean Dauger
- Att: 4,746
Amlin Challenge Cup Pool 4: Bayonne v Wasps preview
Wasps face a crunch Amlin Challenge Cup fixture against Bayonne at Stade Jean-Dauger as the two top teams in Pool 4 go head-to-head.
The Londoners make five changes to the starting XV that beat Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership at Adams Park last weekend, with four of those coming in the pack.
Charlie Davies comes into the nine shirt with Joe Simpson moving to the bench in the only change in the back-line.
Phil Swainston replaces the injured Jake Cooper-Woolley, while Kearnan Myall, James Haskell and Sam Jones are all named in the side, with Tom Palmer and Guy Thompson moving to the bench.
"Obviously this game is hugely important in terms of our European campaign," Wasps head coach Dai Young told the club's official website.
"Bayonne are a side that we have got to know very well over the past few seasons; having played them in France in the past two seasons and played them already at Adams Park in round two of this season's competition nothing should come as much of a surprise to us on Saturday night."
"That being said, Bayonne are a very good side with some very talented players in their ranks and their performances at home tend to be very strong.
"We are under no illusions about the size of the challenge and we must focus on producing a clinical performance."
Bayonne: 15 Spedding, 14 Bustos Moyano, 13 Rokocoko, 12 Ahotaeiloa, 11 Fuster, 10 Fernandez, 9 Belie; 1 Iguiniz, 2 Arganese, 3 Muller, 4 Boutaty, 5 Fa'aoso, 6 Chisholm (capt), 7 Puricelli, 8 Marmouyet.
Replacements: 16 Roumieu, 17 Manukula, 18 Tialata, 19 Senekal, 20 Duhalde, 21 Bernad, 22 O'Connor, 23 Brett.
Wasps: 15 Daly, 14 Helu, 13 Bell (capt), 12 Hayter, 11 Varndell, 10 Goode, 9 Davies; 1 Mullan, 2 Festuccia, 3 Swainston, 4 Myall, 5 Launchbury, 6 Johnson, 7 Haskell, 8 Jones.
Replacements: 16 Lindsay, 17 McIntyre, 18 Taylor, 19 Palmer, 20 Thompson, 21 Simpson, 22 Carlisle, 23 Suniula.
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|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Sunday 25th January|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|London Welsh 12 - 17 Lyon Olympique|
|Saturday 24th January|
|Exeter 45 - 3 Bayonne|
|La Rochelle 20 - 30 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 30 - 19 Stade Francais|
|Bucuresti 10 - 52 Newcastle|
|Grenoble 3 - 28 Cardiff Blues|
|Rovigo 6 - 34 London Irish|
|Friday 23rd January|
|Edinburgh 38 - 20 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Thursday 22nd January|
|Brive 20 - 31 Gloucester|
|Oyonnax 20 - 3 Zebre|
|Sunday 18th January|
|Connacht 24 - 33 Exeter|
|Saturday 17th January|
|Lyon Olympique 21 - 19 Edinburgh|
|Bayonne 14 - 0 La Rochelle|
|Newcastle 29 - 40 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|London Irish 43 - 41 Grenoble|
|Zebre 23 - 13 Brive|
|Gloucester 33 - 3 Oyonnax|
|Stade Francais 47 - 12 Bucuresti|
|Friday 16th January|
|Bordeaux-Begles 26 - 3 London Welsh|
|Cardiff Blues 104 - 12 Rovigo|
|Sunday 14th December|
|London Welsh 6 - 24 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 13th December|
|Bayonne 27 - 29 Connacht|
|Oyonnax 22 - 17 Brive|
|London Irish 34 - 23 Cardiff Blues|
|Zebre 16 - 32 Gloucester|
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