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Challenge Cup teams: Pool Five

17th December 2010 11:40

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Nicky Robinson Gloucester celebrating winning penalty against Wasps Kingsholm

Robinson: Key performer

Gloucester host La Rochelle knowing that nothing less than a win will do as they look to ensure that they remain in the hunt for a play-off place.

Having beaten their French opposition 13-6 at the Stade Marcel Deflandre, the Cherry and Whites head into the game with confidence on a high, but coach Bryan Redpath is not getting carried away.

"It is only a job half done and Sunday is huge for us," explained the Scot.

"The big thing is the result over at La Rochelle means we have given ourselves a chance to be in the mix to win the group.

"After losing at home we know they will come out and throw everything at us on Sunday and, once again, we are expecting the unexpected.

"At La Rochelle their game plan was very expansive - and that is good to see - while they also have plenty of big men so potentially they have the chance of being very direct and physical and we will expect more of the same on Sunday," Redpath added.

"Those are two huge incentives for Gloucester."

More to follow...

The teams:

Gloucester: 15 Freddie Burns, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 11 Lesley Vainikolo, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Rory Lawson, 8 Luke Narraway, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Brett Deacon, 5 Alex Brown, 4 David Attwood, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Olivier Azam, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Pierre Capdevielle, 19 Will James, 20 Peter Buxton, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Jonny May, 23 Tom Voyce.

La Rochelle:

Date: Sunday, December 19
Kick-off: 15:45
Venue: Kingsholm
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Assistant referees: Gwyn Morris (Wales), Colin Kirkhouse (Wales)

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In the second game in Pool Five, Agen will be hoping for a bonus point win when they welcome Rovigo to the Stade Armandie on Saturday 18 December at 14:30 (13:30 GMT)

The teams:

Agen: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Saimoni Vaka, 13 Miguel Avramovic, 12 Jamie Robinson, 11 Romain Edmond-Samuel, 10 Valentin Courrent, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Opéti Fonua, 7 Hendro Scholtz, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Cyril Chavet, 4 Lisiate Fa'aoso, 3 Beka Sheklashvili, 2 Jalil Narjissi, 1 Arsene Nnomo.
Replacements:16 Brice Mach, 17 Jean-Charles Petin, 18 Karim Kouider, 19 Mosese Moala, 20 Jerome Mondoulet, 21 Alexi Bales, 22. Conrad Barnard, 23 Junior Pelesasa.

Rovigo: 15 Alberto Zorzi, 14 Marko Stanojevic, 13 Samuele Pace, 12 Marcello De Gasperi, 11 Andrea Bacchetti, 10 Davide Duca, 9 Stefan Basson, 8 Matteo Foshi, 7 Marco Barion, 6 Aaron Persico, 5 Jean-François Montauriol, 4 Tomasso Reato, 3 Massimiliano Ravalle, 2 Nicola Marzolla, 1 Rik Dolcetto.
Replacements: 16 Giovanni Boccalon, 17 Luke Mahoney, 18 Nicola Quaglio, 19 Younes Anouer, 20 German Bustos, 21 Francesco Zarattini, 22 Michele Zanirato, 23 Agustin Guzman.

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