Challenge Cup teams: Saturday, Sunday

Date published: October 21 2016

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Five fixtures take place in the Challenge Cup on Saturday and one on Sunday, with the clash between Edinburgh and Harlequins the pick of the matches.

The other action sees Lyon host Ospreys while Gloucester tackle Treviso, Worcester face Brive, RC Enisei do battle with Dragons and Newcastle take on Grenoble.

RC Enisei v Dragons

Form: Newport Gwent Dragons are set for their first competitive match in Russia. The Dragons have won five of their last seven pool stage games on the road (L2). Enisei have won three of their four home ties in the Challenge Cup, losing only to Connacht in their first game in the competition last season. Enisei have restricted their opponents to 12 points or fewer in each of their last three home games in the Challenge Cup.

The teams:

RC Enisei: 15 Ramil Gaisin, 14 Igor Kurashov, 13 David Kacharava, 12 Thomas Halse, 11 Denis Simplikevich, 10 Iurii Kushnarev, 9 Alexey Shcherban, 8 Anton Rudoi, 7 Vitalii Orlov, 6 Mikheil Gachechiladze, 5 Maxim Gargalic, 4 Uldis Saulite, 3 Innokentiy Zykov, 2 Stanislav Selskii, 1 Andrei Polivalov
Replacements: 16 Shamil Magomedov, 17 Valery Morozov, 18 Evgenii Pronenko, 19 Tagir Ghadgiev, 20 Jurijs Baranovs, 21 Konstantin Uzunov, 22 Aleksei Mikhaltsov, 23 Viacheslav Krasylnyk

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Pat Howard, 13 Sam Beard, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Adam Warren, 10 Angus O'Brien, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Harrison Keddie 7 Nic Cudd, 6 James Thomas, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Nick Crosswell, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Rhys Buckley, 1 Phil Price
Replacements: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Tom Davies, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Cory Hill, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Jones, 23 Ashton Hewitt

Date: Saturday, October 22
Venue: Trud Stadium, Krasnodar
Kick-off: 15:00 local
Referee: Vlad Iordachescu (Romania)
Assistant Referees: Ionut Bodea (Romania), Cristian Serban (Romania)


Gloucester v Treviso

Form: Gloucester and Treviso are set for a first meeting in the Challenge Cup, however, they've met twice in the European Cup with Gloucester winning both matches in the 2003/04 pool stage. Gloucester have won 12 of their last 14 at home in this competition, scoring 20 points in 13 of the games. Treviso have failed to win a match away from home in European competition since December 2007 (Newport Gwent Dragons in the European Cup), losing 25 times in a row since. Two-time tournament winners, Gloucester, have not lost a pool stage game in the Challenge Cup since 2010, winning 21 in a row in that time.

The teams:

Gloucester: 15 James Hook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Lewis Ludlow 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Joe Latta, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Paddy McAllister
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Salesi Ma'afu, 19 Freddie Clarke, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Mark Atkinson, 23 Ollie Thorley

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Michael Tagicakibau, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Andrea Pratichetti, 10 Ian Mc Kinley, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 1 Alberto de Marchi, 2 Ornel Gega, 3 Simone Ferrari, 4 Marco Fuser, 5 Dean Budd, 6 Francesco Minto, 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 8 Braam Steyn
Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Filippo Gerosa, 20 Roberto Santamaria, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Tommaso Iannone, 23 David Odiete

Date: Saturday, October 22
Venue: Kingsholm
Kick-off: 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT)
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Paul Haycock (Ireland), Oisin Quinn (Ireland)


Worcester Warriors v Brive

Form: Worcester Warriors and Brive are facing off for the fourth time in the competition with Worcester winning two of the previous three meetings (L1). Brive have tasted defeat in their last three visits to England in the competition. Worcester have lost each of their last six fixtures in the Challenge Cup, failing to score more than 15 points in five of those games. Brive have lost each of their last eight Challenge Cup away games – four of the last six saw the Top 14 side pick up a losing bonus point, however.

The teams:

Worcester Warriors: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Andy Short, 13 Max Stelling, 12 Ben Te'o, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Luke Baldwin, 8 Matt Cox 7 Zac Xiourouppa, 6 Huw Taylor, 5 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 3 Mike Daniels, 2 Matti Williams, 1 Ryan Bower
Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Derrick Appiah, 18 Bi Alo, 19 Charlie Hewitt , 20 Sam Ripper Smith, 21 George DeCothi, 22 Jamie Shillcock, 23 Dean Hammond

Brive: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Taku Ngwenya, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Thomas Laranjeira, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 William Whetton 7 Said Hireche, 6 Poutasi Luafutu, 5 Johan Snyman, 4 Jan Uys, 3 Soso Bekoshvili, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Vivien Devisme
Replacements: 16 Thomas Acquier, 17 Damien Lavergne, 18 Kevin Buys, 19 Arnaud Mela, 20 Péniami Narisia, 21 David Delarue, 22 Nicolas Bézy, 23 Benito Masilevu

Date: Saturday, October 22
Venue: Sixways
Kick-off: 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT)
Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Eddie Hogan O'Connell (Ireland), Jonny Erskine (Ireland)


Edinburgh v Harlequins

Form: Edinburgh have won five of their last seven European games against Premiership opposition (L2). Edinburgh are currently on an eight-game winning streak at home in the Challenge Cup. Harlequins have never faced Scottish opposition in the Challenge Cup, however, they faced Caledonia in the European Cup in 1996, winning 56-35. Edinburgh's Nasi Manu and Stuart McInally each scored a hat-trick last weekend in the win over Timisoara Saracens. No other player in the competition managed more than two tries in Round 1. Murrayfield is the venue for the 2017 European Rugby Challenge Cup Final.

The teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sean Kennedy, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Rory Sutherland
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Michael Allen, 23 Glenn Bryce

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Charlie Walker, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 James Chisholm, 7 Luke Wallace, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 James Horwill, 4 Sam Twomey, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Will Collier, 19 Charlie Matthews, 20 Mat Luamanu, 21 Danny Care, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Alofa Alofa

Date: Saturday, October 22
Venue: Murrayfield
Kick-off: 15:15 BST (14:15 GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Jonathan Peak (Ireland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)


Lyon v Ospreys

Form: Lyon are facing Welsh opposition for the first time in European competition. Ospreys are currently on a 10-match losing streak away to Top 14 clubs with all those games coming in the Champions Cup. Lyon have won six of their last seven Saturday matches in the Challenge Cup (L1). Last season's Pro D2 champions have won their last four games in the competition. Just one of Lyon's six previous home games in the Challenge Cup has been decided by a margin of more than 10 points.

The teams:

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

Ospreys: 15 Daniel Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Jonathan Spratt, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Daf Howells, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Thomas Habberfield, 8 James King 7 Olly Cracknell, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Lloyd Ashley, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Paul James, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Rob McCusker, 21 Justin Tipuric, 22 Brendon Leonard, 23 Eli Walker

Date: Saturday, October 22
Venue: Matmut Stadium
Kick-off: 20:45 local
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)


Newcastle Falcons v Grenoble

The teams:

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Marcus Watson, 13 Dom Waldouck, 12 Juan Socino, 11 Alex Tait, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Micky Young, 8 Callum Chick 7 Will Welch, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Will Witty, 4 Calum Green, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Ben Sowrey, 1 Sam Lockwood
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Rob Vickers, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Dan Temm, 21 Tane Takulua, 22 Craig Willis, 23 Fred Burdon

Grenoble: 15 Bastien Guillemin, 14 Sisa Ledua Waqa, 13 Edward Dratai Sawailau, 12 Tino Nemani, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Henry Vanderglas 7 Kevin Kornath, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Mickael Capelli, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Loick Jammes, 1 Denis Coulson
Replacements: 16 Etienne Fourcade, 17 Alexandre Dardet, 18 Ali Oz, 19 Steven Giroud, 20 Loic Baradel, 21 Jeremy Valencot, 22 David Mele, 23 Chris Farrell

Date: Sunday, October 23
Venue: Kingston Park
Kick-off: 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT)
Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland), Cammy Rudkin (Scotland)

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