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Preview: Bayonne v Bordeaux-Begles

17th November 2011 07:23

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Mike Phillips: Lines up for Bayonne

Thursday's Amlin Challenge Cup clash between Bayonne and Bordeaux will see Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips make his debut for the hosts.

The former Ospreys number nine forms a partnership with Benjamin Boyet at half-back, while former All Blacks flyer Joe Rokocoko lines up on the left wing after scoring his first European try against Rovigo a week ago.

France wing cum centre Cedric Heymans and New Zealand prop Neemia Tialata are on the Bayonne bench for this Round Two clash at Stade Jean Dauger, where the hosts - who haven't reached the knock-out stage of a European competition since 2006 - will be looking to record a home victory to build on their unbeaten start to the competition.

Bordeaux have to regroup following a demoralising 47-14 defeat at the hands of London Wasps. But will take confidence from a meeting earlier in the season between the sides in the Top 14, which Bordeaux won 18-6.

The teams:

Bayonne: 15 Sylvain Bouillon, 14 Sam Gerber, 13 Thibault Lacroix, 12 Lionel Mazars, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Benjamin Boyet, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Marc Baget, 7 Julien Puricelli, 6 Dwayne Haare, 5 Abdellatif Boutaty, 4 Robin Linde, 3 Renaud Boyoud, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Pierre Philippe Lafond.
Replacements: 16 Vitolio Manukula, 17 Neemia Tialata, 18 Aretz Iguiniz, 19 Sione Lauaki, 20 Cedric Garcia, 21 Cedric Heymans, 22 Clement Lagain, 23 Troy Flavell.

Bordeaux-Begles: 15 Laurent Ferreres, 14 Thierry Brana, 13 Andrew Mailei, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Hugh Chalmers 7 Louis Madaule,6 Charlie Ternisien,5 François Tisseau, 4 Andrew Chauveau,3 Anael Neveu2 Boris Bethery, 1 Hikairo Forbes.
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Julien Turini, 18 Silviu Florea, 19 Adam Jaulhac, 20 Matthew Clarkin, 21 Manu Saubusse, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Michel Denetre.

Referee: James Jones (Wales)

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