Preview: Challenge Cup, Pool Four

Date published: January 21 2011

With this Amlin Challenge Cup Pool already sewn up, Stade Français will be aiming to finish with a flourish against Crociati.

With this Amlin Challenge Cup Pool already sewn up, Stade Français will be aiming to finish with a flourish against Italians Crociati on Sunday.

Bucharest Oaks v Leeds Carnegie

Leeds Carnegie may not be able to progress in the Amlin Challenge Cup this season however Neil Back and Andy Key have signalled their intention to take this Sunday's final Pool game seriously by naming a strong XV including England internationals Steve Thompson and Hendre Fourie as well as Marco Wentzel.

The English will play Romanian minnows Bucharest Oaks to conclude their European campaign after defeat in Paris last week confirmed Stade Francais as group winners. However, Key and Back are keen to use Sunday's game as a chance to build momentum ahead of a return to domestic action in three weeks.

Winger Michael Stephenson returns after missing last weeks game with a dead leg whilst Danny Paul returns from injury in the back-row.

The teams:

Leeds Carnegie: 15 Leigh Hinton, 14 Michael Stephenson, 13 James Tincknell, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Semi Tadulala, 10 Christian Lewis-Pratt, 9 Warren Fury, 8 Danny Paul, 7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Alfie To'oala, 5 Marco Wentzel (capt), 4 James Craig, 3 Gareth Denman, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Gareth Hardy.
Replacements: 16 Phil Nilsen, 17 Miguel Alonso, 18 Juan Gomez, 19 Rhys Oakley, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Alex Black, 22 Lachlan MacKay, 23 Oliver Denton.

Bucharest Oaks: 15 Ionut Botezatu, 14 Catalin Nicolae, 13 Ionel Cazan, 12 Catalin Dascalu, 11 Madalin Lemnaru, 10 Florin Vlaicu, 9 Florin Surugiu, 8 Daniel Carpo, 7 Viorel Lucaci, 6 Mihai Macovei, 5 Marian Drenceanu, 4 Valentin Popirlan, 3 Vlad Badalicescu, 2 Catalin Beca, 1 Petru Tamba.
Replacements: 16 Bogdan Zebega, 17 Nicolae Nere, 18 Sami Maris , 19 Stelian Burcea, 20 Daniel Ianus, 21 Vali Calafeteanu, 22 Dan Dumbrava, 23 Csaba Gal Minya.

Date: Sunday, January 23
Kick-off: 14:00
Venue: Headingley Carnegie
Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)
Assistant referees: Mauro Dordolo (Italy), Domenico Sironi (Italy)

Crociati v Stade Français

Stade Français are able to call upon internationals Hugo Southwell, Martin Rodriguez, James Haskell and Tom Palmer for their trip to face the Italians this Sunday.

The Parisians know that their passage through to the knockouts is assured but they have yet to book a home quarter-final, which means they will be hunting a win at Stadio XXV Aprile.

The teams:

Crociati: 15 Ruggero Trevisan, 14 Lome Fa'atau, 13 Sebastian Damiani, 12 Hamid En Naour, 11 Emanuele Passera, 10 Tommaso Iannone, 9 James Ireland, 8 Roberto Mandelli, 7 Andrea Orlandi, 6 Diego Delnevo, 5 Matteo Minari, 4 Dylan Sigg, 3 Marco Coletti, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Mattia Saccomani, 17 Iacopo Scarparo, 18 Pardeep Singh, 19 Filippo Ferrarini, 20 Marco Frati, 21 Marco Anversa, 22 Alessandro Maestri, 23 Michele Garulli.

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Quentin Valancon, 13 Guillaume Bousses, 12 Martin Rodriguez, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Noel Oelschig, 8 Hugues Briatte, 7 James Haskell, 6 Pierre Rabadan, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Arnaud Marchois, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Remi Bonfils, 1 Rabah Slimani.
Replacements: 16 Laurent Sempere, 17 Pedro Ledesma, 18 Damien Weber, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Sergio Parisse, 21 Antoine Burban, 22 Benjamin Tardy, 23 Lionel Beauxis.

Date: Sunday, January 23
Kick-off: 15:00 (14:00 GMT)
Venue: Stadio XXV Aprile
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Assistant referees: Phil Fear (Wales), Gareth Butler (Wales)