Challenge Cup teams: Pool Four

Date published: December 10 2010

Leeds will be hoping to put their poor domestic form behind them as they face Crociati while Stade Français visit Bucarest.

Leeds will be hoping to put their poor domestic form behind them as they face Crociati Rugby in an Amlin Challenge Cup Pool Four clash.

Leeds last win in any competition came in the Amlin Challenge Cup in early October when they beat Bucharest Oaks, and Neil Back will be hoping this serves as a good omen for his struggling team.

Back has made a number of changes to the team that was hammered by Harlequins last time out. Ceiron Thomas switches from fly-half to full-back to accommodate Lachlan Mackay at number ten, while Steve Thompson replaces Phil Nilsen at prop and Warren Fury comes in for Scott Mathie at scrum-half. Both Nilsen and Mathie drop to the bench.

The home side are boosted by the return of Hendre Fourie, with the flanker retuning from international duty with England.

The teams:

Leeds: 15 Ceiron Thomas, 14 Lee Blackett, 13 Henry Fa'afili, 12 Scott Barrow, 11 Michael Stephenson, 10 Lachlan Mackay, 9 Warren Fury, 8 Daniel Browne,7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Rhys Oakley, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Tom Denton, 3 Juan Gomez, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Gareth Hardy.
Replacements:16 Phil Nilsen, 17 Miguel Alonso, 18 Jesus Moreno Rodriquez, 19 Danny Paul, 20 Alfie To'oala, 21 Scott Mathie, 22 Pete Wackett, 23 Leigh Hinton.

Crociati Rugby: 15 Ruggero Trevisan, 14 Lome Fa'atau, 13 Michele Tobia, 12 Sebastian Damiani, 11 Troy Woodman, 10 Tommaso Iannone, 9 James Ireland, 8 Roberto Mandelli, 7 Andrea Orlandi, 6 Diego Delnevo, 5 Dylan Sigg, 4 Uili Kolo'ofai, 3 Iacopo Scarparo, 2 Mattia Saccomani, 1 Pardeep Singh.
Replacements: 16 Renzo Balboni, 17 Antonio Maio, 18 Francesco Pepoli, 19 Matteo Minari, 20 Marco Frati, 21 Marco Anversa, 22 Emanuele Passera, 23 Andrea Lovotti.

Date: Sunday, December 12
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Venue: Headingley Carnegie
Referee: Tim Hayes


Bucharest Oaks v Stade Français Paris

Stade Français will expect to pick up a bonus point in the Romanian capital as they line-up a team featuring a number in of internationals including Mathieu Bastareaud, Sergio Parisse and James Haskell.

The Parisians have both their previous games and should make it three from three without trouble.

The teams:

Bucharest: 15 Florin Vlaicu, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Costi Gheara, 12 Catalin Dascalu, 11 Ionut Botezatu, 10 Dan Dumbrava, 9 Vali Calafeteanu,8 Daniel Carpo, 7 Daniel Ianus, 6 Stelian Burcea, 5 Valentin Popirlan, 4 Alex Valcu, 3 Vlad Badalicescu, 2 Andrei Radoi, 1 Petru Tamba.
Replacements:16 Catalin Beca, 17 Mihai Dico, 18 Nicolae Nere, 19 Marian Drenceanu, 20 Viorel Lucaci, 21 Vali Ivan, 22 Marian Apostol, 23 Catalin Fercu,

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Quentin Valancon, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gonzalo Tiesi, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Pierre Rabadan, 6 James Haskell, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Damien Weber.
Replacements:16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Pedro Ledesma, 18 Arthur Joly, 19 Arnaud Marchois, 20 Juan Leguizamon, 21 Noel Oelschig, 22 Benjamin Tardy, 23 Hugo Southwell,

Date: Saturday, December 11
Venue: Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Kick-off: 15.00
Referee: Alan Falzone