Preview: Bourgoin v Leeds

09th Oct 2009, 09:44

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Bourgoin wing Rudi Coetzee

Bourgoin wing Rudi Coetzee

Both Leeds and last season's losing finalists Bourgoin have made a number of changes to their teams for Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup match at Stade Pierre Rajon.

Both Leeds and last season's losing finalists Bourgoin have made a number of changes to their teams for Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup match at Stade Pierre Rajon.

Leeds have made thirteen changes to their starting line up for the team's first game in the Amlin Challenge Cup at Bourgoin.

The side includes a record number of home-grown players. Seven players who were developed by the Leeds Carnegie Academy are in the starting line up along with a further two home-grown players in Joe Bedford and Jacob Rowan on the bench.

Only Lee Blackett and Tom Denton survive from last week's team that lost to Gloucester at Headingley Carnegie in the Guinness Premiership.

Prop Pete Bucknall makes a long awaited return from a knee reconstruction at the end of last season with a place on the bench.

Meanwhile, the hosts have also named a team made up largely of youngsters. Senior players including full-back Florian Denos, lock Coenie Basson, prop Arnauld Tchougong, wing Jean-François Coux and club captain Julien Frier are all injured while first-choice fly-half Benjamin Boyet has been rested.

Flank Jérémy Guillot gets his first start of the season.

Bourgoin: 15 Anthony Forest, 14 Rudi Coetzee, 13 Willem Van Zyl, 12 David Janin, 11 Albert VuliVuli, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 John Senio, 8 Yann Labrit, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Jérémy Guillot, 5 Wessel Jooste, 4 Camille Levast, 3 Pablo Cardinali, 2 Tone Alefa Kopelani, 1 Karena Wihongi.
Replacements: 16 Jean-Philippe Genevois, 17 Erwan Iapteff, 18 Sylvain Charlet, 19 Albin Louchard, 20 Bogdan Leonte, 21 Mickaël Forest, 22 Matias Viazzo, 23 Thomas Genevois.

Leeds: 15 Peter Wackett, 14 Scott Armstrong, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Scott Barrow, 11 Lee Blackett, 10 Jason Strange, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 Rhys Oakley, 7 Calum Clark, 6 Tom Denton, 5 Jon Pendlebury (c), 4 Phil Murphy, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Vili Ma'asi, 1 Tommy McGee.
Replacements: 16 Rob Rawlinson, 17 Alex Moreno, 18 Pete Bucknall, 19 Alfie Tooala, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Joe Bedford, 22 Henry Paul, 23 Jon Goodridge.

Date: Friday, October 9
Venue: Stade Pierre Rajon, Bourgoin
Kick-off: 19:30 (18.30 BST)
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Iain Heard (Scotland), Alan Forrest (Scotland)