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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Pool 3
- 10th Jan 2013
- KO 19:45
- Att: 11,000
Bayonne v Dragons - Amlin Challenge Cup match preview
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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|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Thursday 16th October|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Brive|
|Friday 17th October|
|19:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Bucuresti|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||LOU Rugby vs London Welsh|
|14:30||Cardiff Blues vs Grenoble|
|15:00||Zebre vs Oyonnax|
|17:00||Connacht vs La Rochelle|
|19:00||Bayonne vs Exeter|
|19:45||Stade Francais vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Sunday 19th October|
|15:00||London Irish vs Rovigo|
|Thursday 23rd October|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Friday 24th October|
|18:30||Grenoble vs London Irish|
|18:30||La Rochelle vs Bayonne|
|19:30||Brive vs Zebre|
|19:30||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle|
|19:45||Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby|
|Saturday 25th October|
|TBC||Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Bucuresti vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Exeter vs Connacht|
|19:45||Oyonnax vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs London Irish|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs London Welsh|
|TBC||Bordeaux-Begles vs LOU Rugby|
|TBC||Gloucester vs Zebre|
|TBC||Brive vs Oyonnax|
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