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Amlin Challenge Cup preview: Thursday

18th January 2012 13:47

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Round Six of the Amlin Challenge Cup kicks off with Sale Sharks hosting Brive and Agen facing La Vila.

Fixtures:
Sale Sharks v Brive
Agen v La Vila


Sale Sharks v Brive
Edgeley Park

Sale make thirteen changes - three positional - from last Saturday's team that thrashed La Vila.

Sharks coach Tony Hanks was in a confident mood ahead of the showdown against Brive.

"The team are really looking forward to this game," he told the club's official website.

"The squad got the job done at La Vila. We were able to leave some guys behind who needed a bit of a break.

"They've enjoyed training this week and are full of enthusiasm. There's a good feeling in the camp about the opportunity we've got ahead of us.

"We know it's going to be a difficult assignment. We have a lot of respect for Brive. Effectively, we start the game 7-0 down, but this team wants to play in the quarter final and this is like a playoff game for us," added Hanks.

The teams:

Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Joaquin Tuculet, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Andy Powell, 7 David Seymour (capt), 6 James Gaskell, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Lee Imiolek, 18 Vadim Cobilas, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Jordan Davies, 23 Richie Vernon.

Brive: 15 Clement Marienval, 14 Jacques Boussuge, 13 Julien Caminati, 12 Arnaud Mignardi, 11 Augustin Figuerola, 10 Scott Spedding, 9 Augustin Figuerola, 8 Julien Le Devedec, 7 Poutasi Luafutu, 6 Antoine Claassen, 5 Retief Uys, 4 Thibault Dubarry, 3 Alexandre Barozzi, 2 Iuri Natriashvili, 1 Davit Khinchagishvili.
Replacements: 16 Louis Acosta, 17 Pablo Henn, 18 Pablo Cardinali, 19 Olivier Caisso, 20 Alexandre Bias, 21 Vincent Forgues, 22 Riaan Swanepoel, 23 Mathieu Belie.

Date: Thursday, January 19
Kick-off: 19:45
Venue: Edgeley Park
Referee: Peter Allan (Scotland)
Assistant referees: David Changleng (Scotland), Bob Nevins (Scotland)


Agen v La Vila
Stade Armandie

Sitting third in the standings and unable to make the Amlin Challenge Cup knockout stages, French side Agen will be playing for pride when they host La Vila in their final Pool fixture.

Agen have won only one of their previous Pool games this season while Spanish minnows La Vila - in their European debut - have failed to register a win or a single point in the Pool.

They have conceded 263 points in their five Pool games.

The teams:

Agen : 15 Silvere Tian, 14 Saimoni Vaka, 13 Manu Ahotaeiloa, 12 Miguel Avramovic, 11 Brice Dulin, 10 Mathieu Lamoulie, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Marc Giraud, 7 Adri Badenhorst, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Semisi Telefoni, 1 Laurent Cabarry.
Replacements: 16 Jalil Narjissi, 17 John Schwalger, 18 Beka Sheklashvili, 19 Pat O'Connor, 20 Andrew Springgay, 21 Sylvain Dupuy, 22 Junior Pelesasa, 23 Romain Edmond-Samuel.

La Vila: 15 Edu Sorribes Ramirez, 14 Fernando Lopez Sanchez, 13 Marcos Poggi, 12 James Knight, 11 Juanma Quirante Carmona, 10 Nick McCashin, 9 Alexis Hebrard, 8 Matthew Cook, 7 Fredi Gonzales, 6 Jarrid Els, 5 Mike Walker-Fitton, 4 Nicolas Martinez, 3 Joe Hutchinson, 2 Jon Phipps, 1 Tbc.
Replacements: 16 Enrique Fuster, 17 Diego Vazquez Orrego, 18 Juan Pablo Vasquez, 19 Kevin Hansen Ruiz, 20 Tbc 21 Hernan Quirelli, 22 Bambi Coronel Densy, 23 Tbc.

Date: Thursday, January 19
Kick-off: 20:45 (19:45 GMT)
Venue: Stade Armandie
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Alan Falzone (Italy), Stefano Marrama (Italy)

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