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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Quarter Final
- 6th Apr 2014
- KO 14:00
- Ground: The Recreation Ground
- Att: 9,331
Amlin Challenge Cup preview: Bath host Brive at The Recreation Ground
Bath welcome Top 14 side Brive to The Recreation Ground on Sunday with a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals at stake.
Both sides come into the last eight with their unbeaten records intact, but one must surrender Sunday as European rugby enters the knockout stages.
Bath won all six of their Pool 2 matches against Bordeaux-Begles, Dragons and Mogliano Rugby; while a 20-20 draw with Calvisano was the lone stutter in Brive's group-stage campaign.
Sunday's hosts amassed the highest points tally of any side in the pools, clinching four bonus-point wins, while Brive only crossed the four-try threshold once.
Three wins in their last five Premiership outings has kept Bath in play-off contention, while the same form for Brive has left them languishing in ninth in the French top flight.
Bath have handed the club captain's armband to second-row Dave Attwood for their Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final.
Attwood is partnered by Dominic Day in the engine room, as Carl Fearns starts at number eight alongside Matt Garvey and Guy Mercer in their back-row.
Loosehead prop Nathan Catt, last week's centurion, and tighthead Anthony Perenise are named on either side of Ross Batty at hooker.
Micky Young resumes his half-back partnership with George Ford, whilst there is a new midfield partnership of Gavin Henson and Matt Banahan.
Semesa Rokoduguni and Horacio Agulla provide the pace and power out wide on the wings, with Nick Abendanon continuing in the full-back jersey.
Brive meanwhile have made wholesale changes to the team that stunned Clermont in the Top 14 last week, with only second-row Julien Le Devedec keeping his place in the starting line-up.
There is no Gaetan Germain, Guillaume Namy, Arnaud Mignardi, Riaan Swanepoel, Sisaro Koyamaibole or Kevin Buys as Bath face a new-look side.
Bath: 15 Abendanon, 14 Agulla, 13 Banahan, 12 Henson, 11 Rokoduguni, 10 Ford, 9 Young; 1 Catt, 2 Batty, 3 Perenise, 4 Day, 5 Attwood (capt), 6 Garvey, 7 Mercer, 8 Fearns
Replacements: 16 Dunn, 17 James, 18 Wilson, 19 Hooper, 20 Houston, 21 Roberts, 22 Eastmond, 23 Watson.
Brive: 15 Ferreres, 14 Voretamaya, 13 Delage, 12 Laranjeira, 11 Galala, 10 Sola, 9 Sanchou (capt); 1 Lavergne, 2 Acosta, 3 Coetzee, 4 Le Devedec, 5 Pinet, 6 Naikatini, 7 Laurent, 8 Murphy
Replacements: 16 Shvelidze, 17 Leupolu, 18 Tuncer, 19 Lebas, 20 Briatte, 21 Kusiolek, 22 Mailei, 23 Neisen.
Watch Bath v Brive live on Sunday from 1:30pm on Sky Sports 3HD.
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|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|
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|Thursday 22nd January|
|Brive 20 - 31 Gloucester|
|Oyonnax 20 - 3 Zebre|
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|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|
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