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Challenge Cup teams: Thursday

16th January 2013 05:22

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Perpignan should wrap up Pool 2 at home to Rovigo on Thursday while Wasps travel to Dragons for a dead rubber.

Fixtures:

Dragons v Wasps
Perpignan v Rovigo

Dragons v Wasps
Rodney Parade

Wasps have already qualified as the group winners but will be out to do the double over Dragons as ranking for the quarter-finals is now the key.

Wasps beat the Welsh region 38-25 in Round 1

Dai Young has named a strong side for the game which features returns to the Wasps' starting line-up for Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Zak Taulafo, Joe Launchbury and Jonathan Poff.

"I know better than most what a tough task we face down in Newport on Thursday," said Young.

"They will be looking to disrupt our campaign in any way they can and they are a tough, dogged side who are well capable of doing that if we don't turn up and perform.

"We are delighted to have secured a place in the last eight but we believe securing home advantage is vitally important and that is our only focus."

The teams:

Dragons: 15 Tom Prydie, 14 Will Harries, 13 Adam Hughes, 12 Ashley Smith, 11 Mike Poole, 10 Dan Evans, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans (c), 5 Rob Sidoli, 4 Andrew Coombs, 3 Dan Way, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Phil Price.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Gustafson, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Nathan Buck, 19 Ian Nimmo, 20 Ieuan Jones, 21 Wayne Evans, 22 Steffan Jones, 23 Jack Dixon.

London Wasps 15 Hugo Southwell (c), 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Andrea Masi, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Nick Robinson, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 Sam Jones, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Zak Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 T Rhys Thomas, 17 Tim Payne, 18 Will Taylor, 19 James Cannon, 20 Matt Everard, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Stephen Jones, 23 Chris Bell.

Kick-off:19.45 GMT
Referee: Marius Mitrea


Perpignan v Rovigo
Stade Aimé Giral

Perpignan have the Pool 2 edge but they cannot afford any complacency when they meet Rovigo at Stade Aimé Giral on Thursday.

Perignan and Worcester Warriors are level on 20 points apiece with the French club holding the slight edge with the superior try count of 3-1 from the head-to-head matches between the clubs.

The teams:

USA Perpignan: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Farid Sid, 13 Lifeimi Mafi, 12 Fabrice Catala, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 Tom Ecochard, 8 Henry Tuilagi, 7 Dan Leo, 6 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Guillaume Vilaceca, 3 Kisi Pulu, 2 Romain Terrain, 1 Jérôme Schuster
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Romain Bezian, 20 David Mele, 21 James Hook, 22 Richard Haughton, 23 Robins Tchale Watchou,

Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo tbc

Kick-off: 20.45 local (19.45 GMT)
Referee: Neil Hennessy

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