Preview: Challenge Cup, Pool Four

Date published: January 14 2011

Leeds Carnegie coaches Andy Key and Neil Back have unsurprisingly gone for their strongest side for this Sunday's trip to Paris.

Stade Français v Leeds

Leeds Carnegie coaches Andy Key and Neil Back have named their strongest possible starting line-up for this Sunday's trip to Paris.

Michael Stephenson and Lachlan MacKay have both been ruled out through injury however the coaching team have resisted the temptation to rest players and will travel to the French capital looking to continue their good recent form.

England pair Hendre Fourie and Steve Thompson will both start whilst Luther Burrell returns at centre after a strong performance against Stade in the corresponding fixture at Headingley Carnegie in Round Two of the pools.

Stade Français head into this fixture full of confidence after demolishing Toulouse 31-3 in the Top 14 last weekend. They currently head this Pool, knowing that a home victory will see them gain a home quarter-final.

The teams:

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gonzalo Tiesi, 11 Ollie Phillips, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Pierre Rabadan, 7 Juan Leguizamon, 6 James Haskell, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Pedro Ledesma, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Tom Palmer, 20 Arnaud Marchois, 21 Hugues Briatte, 22 Noel Oelschig, 23 Martin Rodriguez.

Leeds: Leeds Carnegie: 15 Leigh Hinton, 14 Lee Blackett, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Scott Barrow, 11 Henry Fa'afili, 10 Ceiron Thomas, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 Alfie To'oala, 7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Kearnan Myall, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Tom Denton, 3 Juan Gomez, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Mike MacDonald.
Replacements: 16 Phil Nilsen, 17 Gareth Hardy, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Rhys Oakley, 20 Daniel Browne, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Christian Lewis-Pratt, 23 James Tincknell.

Date: Sunday, January 16
Venue: Stade Charlety, Paris
Kick-off: 18:45 (17:45 GMT
Referee: John Lacey


Crociati v Bucharest Oaks

Crociati will be keen to avoid bottom spot on Saturday against their fellow strugglers.

The Italian outfit have named star Samoan international winger Lome Fa'atau at number fourteen and will be looking to Tommaso Iannone for direction against their opponents.

The teams:

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

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

Date: Saturday, January 15
Venue: Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma
Kick-off: 15:00 (local)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal