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Preview: Challenge Cup Pool Two

18th January 2008 12:27

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Powell: Will lead the Warriors charge

It is all over apart from the formalities in Pool Two, with Worcester the only team advancing. Still there is the matter of Worcester hosting Bucuresti and Montauban heading to Italy to take on GRAN Parma this weekend. We preview all the action!

Worcester Warriors v Bucuresti, Saturday 19th January 2008, Sixways Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Scrum-half Matt Powell is handed the captaincy as Warriors aim for a perfect six out of six wins in the pool stages.

Powell will lead the side with Pat Sanderson rested, his place going to James Collins, as Worcester boss Mike Ruddock names a strong side for the visit of the Romanians.

Drew Hickey returns in the back row and Will Bowley is named in the second row in place of Craig Gillies who moves to the bench.

Ruddock retains the same back line that inflicted a bonus point defeat on Montauban in the last European outing.

Marcel Garvey, Netani Talei, Shaun Ruwers, Chris Horsman, Dominic Feaunati and Chris Fortey are all ruled out through injury while Kai Horstmann is rested.

Worcester Warriors: 15 Thinus Delport, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Loki Crichton, 9 Matt Powell (c), 8 Drew Hickey, 7 James Collins, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Will Bowley, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Matt Mullan, 1 Darren Morris.

16 Callum Black, 17 Aleki Lutui, 18 Craig Gillies, 19 Gavin Quinnell, 20 Ryan Powell, 21 James Brown, 22 Chris Pennell.

Bucuresti: 15 Florin Vlaicu, 14 Gheorghita Bigiu, 13 Csaba Gal Minya, 12 Catalin Dascalu, 11 Stefan Ciuntu, 10 Dan Dumbrava, 9 Ciprian Caplescu, 8 Costica Mersoiu (c), 7 Mihai Macovei, 6 Stelian Burcea, 5 Valentin Popirlan, 4 Alin Coste, 3 Mihai Lazar, 2 Bogdan Zebega, 1 Nicolae Nere.

Replacements: 16 Florin Maxim, 17 Flavius Dobre, 18 Valentin Ursache, 19 Daniel Carpo, 20 Viorel Lucaci, 21 Mugurel Sarbu, 22 Dan Vlad.

Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)

Touch judges: Claudio Passacantando (Itasly), Stefano Penne (Italy)

GRAN Parma v Montauban, Saturday 19th January 2008, Sergio Lanfranchi, 14:00 GMT

With nothing to play for both sides have opted to rest several kep players, although GRAN Parma still have a strong look to their side.

Rima Wakarua slots in at fullback, with Robert Mandelli captaining the side from number seven.

Montauban will look to Canada flyer Mike Pyke as they look for a rare away win.

GRAN Parma: 15 Rima Wakarua, 14 Anthony Tahana, 13 Jan Cloete, 12 Alessio Galante, 11 Filippo Vezzosi, 10 Alessandro Onori, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Antonio Mannato, 7 Roberto Mandelli (c), 6 Andrea Barbieri, 5 Gianmarco Pulli, 4 Pieter Myburgh, 3 Marcelo Munoz, 2 Damin Buzaj, 1 Claudio Russo.

Replacements: 16 Vittorio Golfetti, 17 Tim Dow, 18 Martin Engelbrecht, 19 Andrea Saccŗ, 20 Matteo Mazzantini, 21 Diego Saccŗ, 22 Matteo Arbelti.

Montauban: 15 Sylvain Jonnet, 14 Denis Cech, 13 Miguel Avramovic, 12 Jean Emmanuel Cassin, 11 Mike Pyke, 10 Fabien Fortassin, 9 Anthony Tesquet, 8 Fabrice Soldan, 7 Guillaume Bortolaso, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Karim Ghezal, 4 Matthias Rolland (c), 3 Pablo Lemoine, 2 Tony Testa, 1 Pascal Peyron.

Replacements: 16 Camille Traversa, 17 Patrick Blanco, 18 Scott Murray, 19 Matthew Clarkin, 20 Ibrahim Diarra, 21 MickaŽl Etcheverria, 22 Johan Dalla Riva.

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

Touch judges: Eanna O'Dowd (Ireland), Richard Kerr (Ireland)

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