Planet Rugby

Preview: Agen v Bath

17th October 2012 13:12

Share:

Francois Louw Bath v Montpellier HEC 2011

Francois Louw: Back from international duty

Francois Louw returns to captain Bath in Thursday's Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Agen in France.

It will be the South African back-row star's first appearance since the first game of the season, following his call-up to represent the Springboks in the Rugby Championship.

Bath travel hoping to build on last week's comfortable victory over Bucharest Wolves.

Louw is joined by Will Skuse and Ben Skirving in the back-row, and Dominic Day returns in place of Will Spencer to partner Dave Attwood in the second row.

Michael Claassens and Stephen Donald renew their half-back partnership, and Dan Hipkiss returns to partner Ben Williams in midfield.

Kyle Eastmond starts on the right wing in place of Ollie Woodburn and Nick Abendanon replaces Sam Vesty at full-back.

Agen, not the force they were in the early 2000s, launched their campaign with a 36-31 victory over Calvisano in Italy last week.

They are currently 12th in the Top 14 and whilst domestic survival is their priority this season rather than European glory, there are rarely easy games at the Stade Armandie.

The teams:

Agen: tbc

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Kyle Eastmond, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Ben Williams, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Ben Skirving, 7 Will Skuse, 6 Francois Louw (c),5 Dave Attwood, 4 Dominic Day, 3 David Wilson,2 Lee Mears, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Will Tanner, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Guy Mercer, 20 Josh Ovens, 21 Mark McMillan, 22 Sam Vesty, 23 Olly Woodburn.

  • Euro Challenge Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 16
Gloucester vs Brive19:45
Friday , October 17
Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh19:00
Saturday , October 18
LOU Rugby vs London Welsh13:00
Cardiff Blues vs Grenoble14:30
Zebre vs Oyonnax15:00
Connacht vs La Rochelle17:00
Bayonne vs Exeter19:00
Stade Francais vs Newport Gwent D'gons19:45
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles19:45
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
  • Euro Challenge Cup Table
Pool 1
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sale Sharks623
2Biarritz616
3Oyonnax612
4Worcester67
Pool 2
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath628
2Bordeaux-Begles614
3Dragons614
4Mogliano Rugby60
Pool 3
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Brive623
2Newcastle Falcons619
3Bucuresti610
4Calvisano62
Pool 4
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Wasps627
2Bayonne615
3Grenoble612
4Viadana62
Pool 5
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Stade Francais624
2London Irish624
3Cavalieri Prato611
4Lusitanos60