Challenge Cup teams: Friday

Date published: December 8 2016

There are two Challenge Cup fixtures scheduled for Friday with Lyon and Bayonne hosting Newcastle Falcons and Treviso respectively.

Lyon v Newcastle Falcons

Form: The two sides are level on points behind Pool Two pacesetters the Ospreys going into the game in France, but Dean Richards' outfit will be full of confidence given their impressive form in the English Premiership so far this term. The Falcons flew into seventh domestically, punching well above their weight, with recent victories over Northampton and Harlequins showing the huge strides they've made in England. Lyon, meanwhile, aren't enjoying things as much in the Top 14. In 11th place, they've won just four league games so far this season and were brushed aside at home by a Keelan Giles-inspired Ospreys in the previous European round back in October.

The teams:

Lyon: 15 Jerome Porical, 14 Franck Romanet, 13 Paul Bonnefond, 12 Thibaut Regard, 11 Henry Clunies-Ross, 10 Romain Loursac, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Dylan Cretin, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Maselino Paulino, 4 Felix Lambey, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Ti'i Paulo, 1 Sami Mavinga
Replacements: 16 Cameron Mapusua, 17 Hamza Kaabèche, 18 David Attoub, 19 Simon Christian Njewel, 20 Didier Tison, 21 Pierre-Louis Barassi, 22 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 23 Augustin Figuerola

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Tom Catterick, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Dominic Waldouck, 12 Fred Burdon (c), 11 Zach Kibirige, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Sam Egerton, 8 Harrison Orr, 7 Daniel Temm, 6 Glen Young, 5 Nick Civetta, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 David Wilson, 2 Ben Sowrey, 1 Alex Rogers
Replacements: 16 David Nelson, 17 Rob Vickers, 18 Andrew Foster, 19 Marcus Watson, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 Dan Marshall, 23 Mike Delany

Date: Friday, December 9
Venue: Matmut Stadium
Kick-off: 19:30 local (18:30 GMT)
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)

Bayonne v Treviso

Form: Bayonne and Treviso will be desperate for victory as both sides have battled in all competitions during the 2016/17 season with Bayonne currently in second last spot on the Top 14 table while Treviso are rock bottom in the PRO12's standings. Both are winless after two rounds of Challenge Cup matches. Bayonne suffered a 47-27 home loss to Gloucester in their opener and La Rochelle beat Treviso 41-10 in their first match of the tournament. In the second round, Treviso lost 37-10 to Gloucester at Kingsholm and Bayonne were on the wrong end of a 51-24 result at La Rochelle.

The teams:

Bayonne: 15 Benjamin Thiery, 14 Ryan Tongia, 13 Bastien Fuster, 12 Thibault Lacroix, 11 Julien Tisseron, 10 Lucas Meret, 9 Bastien Duhalde, 8 Jean-Blaise Lespinasse, 7 Dion Evrard Oulai, 6 Arnaud Duputs, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Guillaume Ducat, 3 Toma Taufa, 2 David Menage, 1 Jérôme Schuster
Replacements: 16 Aretz Iguiniz, 17 Davit Khinchagishvili, 18 Ben Broster, 19 Pelu Ian Taele, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Maka Polutele, 22 Raphael Lagarde, 23 Maile Mamao

Treviso: 15 David Odiete, 14 Andrea Pratichetti, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (c), 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Matteo Zanusso, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Nicola Quaglio
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Simone Ferrari, 20 Roberto Santamaria, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Angelo Esposito

Date: Friday, December 9
Venue: Stade Jean-Dauger
Kick-off: 20:00 local (19:00 GMT)
Referee: Tom Foley (England)
Assistant Referees: Christopher Ridley (England), Clare Daniels (England)