Bayonne v Dragons - Amlin Challenge Cup match preview

Last updated: 10th January 2013  

Mike Phillips Bayonne v Biarritz T14 2011

Mike Phillips: Wales international starts on the bench for the hosts

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Lewis Evans: captains the Dragons from the back row on Thursday night

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It's win or bust for both Bayonne and the Dragons when they meet in the Amlin Challenge Cup on Thursday night.

The two Pool Three rivals both currently sit five points adrift of leaders Wasps, who host struggling Mogliano, in the battle to make the knockout stages of the competition.

The visitors have made changes to their pack for the trip to Stade Jean Dauger, including fielding prop Owen Evans and hooker Hugh Gustafson in a new-look front row.

Adam Jones partners Robert Sidoli in the second row while skipper Lewis Evans moves to openside flanker, starting alongside Ieuan Jones and Jevon Groves at the back of the scrum.

Tom Prydie - who kicked a conversion and four penalty goals in his side's 22-19 loss in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign - plays at full-back.

Bayonne, meanwhile, have yet to confirm their full line-up, though Wales international Mike Phillips is currently amongst their list of replacements, Guillaume Rouet instead getting the nod at scrum-half.

Nemiah Tialata will also start on the bench as the Top 14 side look to bounce back from a 30-16 loss to Wasps last time out in European action.

Bayonne: 15 Sam Gerber, 14 Gabi Lovobalavu, 13 Thibault Lacroix, 12 Lionel Mazars, 11 Bastien Fuster, 10 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 1 Pierre Philippe Lafond, 3 Renaud Boyoud, 4 Robin Linde, 5 Matthew Graham, 6 Abdellatif Boutaty, 7 Jean-Jo Marmouyet, 8 Marc Baget.
Replacements: 16 David Roumieu, 17 Nemiah Tialata, 18 Marc Legras, 19 Dewald Senekal, 20 Julien Puricelli, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Manu Ahotaeiloa, 23 Matthieu Ugalde,

Dragons: 15 Tom Prydie, 14 Will Harries, 13 Adam Hughes, 12 Andy Tuilagi, 11 Michael Poole, 10 Steffan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 1 Owen Evans 2 Hugh Gustafson, 3 Nathan Buck, 4 Adam Jones, 5 Robert Sidoli, 6 Jevon Groves, 7 Lewis Evans, 8Ieuan Jones
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Nathan Williams, 18 Tim Ryan, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Toby Faletau, 21 Wayne Evans, 22 Ashley Smith, 23 Jack Dixon

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