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Preview: Challenge Cup Pool Three

16th October 2008 16:42

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Bourgoin will look to head into the Challenge Cup break with two wins from two as they take on Padova on Friday.

Pool Three's other game sees Worcester take on Bucuresti, who lost to Bourgoin last time out.

Bourgoin v Padova

There are several changes in the Bourgoin ranks, as they look to double up on last week's victory over Bucuresti at home to Padova.

French centre Benjamin Boyet returns to partner Rudi Coetzee in midfield, whilst French scrum-half Morgan Parra takes over at fly-half.

Padova will be captained by veteran full-back Ludovic Mercier, with Fijian fly-half Nicky Little returning in the number ten jersey.

In the pack Padova will look to Paul Derbyshire of Italy and Domo Domolailai of Fiji for experience.

Bourgoin: 15 Florian Denos, 14 Mael Moinot, 13 Benjamin Boyet, 12 Rudi Coetzee, 11 Jean-Francois Coux, 10 Morgan Parra, 9 Mickaël Forest, 8 Thomas Genevois, 7 Timothy Cowley, 6 Julien Frier (c), 5 Camille Levast, 4 Bryce Williams, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Tone Alefa Kopelani, 1 Wessel Roux.

Replacements: 16 Rémy Vigneaux, 17 Arnaud Tchougong, 18 Vincent Pelo, 19 Wessel Jooste, 20 Matthieu Nicolas, 21 Sylvain Nicolas, 22 Sebastien Laloo.

Padova: 15 Ludovic Mercier (c), 14 Lorenzo Innocenti, 13 Marco Rosa, 12 Roberto Bertetti, 11 Warren Spragg, 10 Nick Little, 9 Emmanuel Billot, 8 Nicola Bezzati, 7 Nicolas Galatro, 6 Paul Derbyshire, 5 Gonzalo Padrò, 4 Domo Domolailai, 3 Michele Matteralia, 2 Lorenzo Giovanchelli, 1 Chris Caporello.

Replacements:16 Mariano Gastaldi, 17 Nicola Gatto, 18 Tino Paoletti, 19 Wilhelm Stoltz, 20 Davide Pastormerlo, 21 Martin Acuna, 22 Alberto Trombetta,

Date: Friday 17 October, 2008

Kick-off: 20:30 BST (19:30 GMT)

Venue: Pierre Rajon

Referee: JP Doyle (England)

Bucuresti v Worcester

Bucuresti move captain Ionut Dimofte to the centres, to make way for Ben Aoina at fly-half. The scrum-half has been changed as well; Florin Surugiu replaces Ryan McCarthy. Marius Sirbe replaces Valentin Popirlan in the second row in the other change to the starting XV.

Worcester have given Chris Latham a well-earned rest, and replaced him with Loki Crichton, while Miles Benjamin replaces Charlie Fellowes on the wing.

Matt Cox returns to the flank in place of Kai Horstmann, and Greg Rawlinson is back in the second row for Kitch Kitchener. IN the front row, Aleki Lutui returns to hooker and Matt Mullan gets a run at tighthead.

Bucuresti: 15 Florin Vlaicu, 14 Catalin Fercu, 13 Catalin Dascalu, 12 Ionut Dimofte, 11 Madalin Lemnaru, 10 Ben Aoina, 9 Ryan McCarthy, 8 Stelian Burcea, 7 Zane Winslade, 6 Alexandru Grigore, 5 Valentin Ursache, 4 Marius Sirbe, 3 Mihai Lazar, 2 Bogdan Zebega, 1 Nicolae Nere.

Replacements: 16 Florin Tasca, 17 Radu Basalau, 18 Bogdan Petreanu, 19 Daniel Bejan, 20 Iulian Andrei, 21 Dan Dumbrava, 22 jeff Makapelu.

Worcester: 15 Loki Crichton, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Matthew Jones, 9 Ryan Powell, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Matt Cox, 5 Craig Gillies, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Matt Mullan,

Replacements: 16 Darren Morris, 17 Jordan Page, 18 Kitch Kitchener, 19 James Collins, 20 Matt Powell, 21 Joe Carlisle, 22 Charlie Fellows.

Date:Sunday 19 October, 2008

Kick-off: 16:30 BST (15:30 GMT)

Venue: Arcul de Triumf

Referee: Stefan Pomarède (France)

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