Preview: Racing Métro v Bayonne

16th Oct 2009, 14:31

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Racing narrowly beat Bayonne in August

Racing narrowly beat Bayonne in August

Racing Métro host Bayonne for an all-French Amlin Challenge Cup Round Two affair in Paris.

Racing Métro host Bayonne for an all-French Amlin Challenge Cup Round Two affair in Paris.

This will be the second time the teams meet this season after Racing won 18-9 in the Top 14 at the end of August.

In Round One Racing narrowly lost away to London Wasps while Bayonne romped home in a 58-point drubbing of Roma.

Bayonne have named a strong line-up including former Bleus loose forward Rémy Martin, All Blacks lock Ross Filipo and Wallabies prop Rodney Blake.

Craig Gower and Manny Edmonds form an all native-Aussie half-back pair.

Racing have named a side without a single native Frenchman in the forward pack.

There's no place for Frans Steyn in a much-changed backline which features former Stade Français try machine on the wing, while up front, Argentinian international prop Juan Pablo Orlandi comes into the tighthead berth.

Racing Metro:15 Dan Scarbrough, 14 Mani Vakaloa, 13 Brent Ward, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Julien Saubade, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Mathieu Loree, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Nathan Lane, 6 Ashley Clarke, 5 Simon Raiwalui, 4 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 3 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Craig Smith.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Noirot, 17 Mikaele Tuugahala, 18 Clement Baiocco, 19 John Leo'o, 20 Nic Berry, 21 Andrew Mehrtens, 22 Sefulu Gaugau, 23 Epi Taione.

Bayonne: 15 Jean Baptiste Peyras, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Vincent Inigo, 12 Sam Gerber, 11 Filimoni Bolovucu, 10 Craig Gower, 9 Manny Edmonds, 8 Jacques Deen, 7 Rémy Martin, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Robin Linde, 3 Rodney Blake, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Pierre Philippe Lafond.
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Renaud Boyoud, 18 Mikaera Tewhata, 19 Guillaume Bernad, 20 Cedric Garcia, 21 Benat Arrayet, 22 Thibault Lacroix, 23 Aretz Iguiniz,

Date: Saturday, October 17
Venue: Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes (Paris)
Kick-off: 20.45 (18.45 GMT)
Referee: Peter Allan (Scotland)