Challenge Cup: England hooker Jamie Blamire starts for Newcastle Falcons

Date published: January 13 2022 - Planet Rugby

The Challenge Cup returns this weekend and two matches take place on Friday as Biarritz face Newcastle and Brive host Pau.

Biarritz v Newcastle Falcons

The teams:

Biarritz: 15 Joe Jonas, 14 Steeve Barry, 13 Vincent Martin, 12 François Vergnaud, 11 Darly Domvo, 10 Brett Herron, 9 Kerman Aurrekoetxea, 8 Steffon Armitage (c), 7 Antoine Erbani, 6 Tornike Jalagonia, 5 Joshua Tyrell, 4 Evan Olmstead, 3 Giorgi Nutsubidze, 2 François Da Ros, 1 Baptiste Erdocio
Replacements: 16 Bastien Soury, 17 Ushangi Tcheisvhili, 18 Luka Azariashvili, 19 Dave O’Callaghan, 20 Thomas Hebert, 21 Barnabé Couilloud, 22 Gilles Bosch, 23 Ilian Perraux

Newcastle: 15 Mike Brown (c), 14 Adam Radwan, 13 George Wacokecoke, 12 Peter Lucock, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Sam Stuart, 8 Callum Chick, 7 Connor Collett, 6 Gary Graham, 5 Rob Farrar, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Mark Tampin, 2 Jamie Blamire, 1 Adam Brocklebank
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Conrad Cade, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Will Montgomery, 20 Josh Basham, 21 Cam Nordli-Kelemeti, 22 William Haydon-Wood, 23 Luther Burrell

Date: Friday, January 14
Venue: Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Kick-off: 21:00 local (20:00 GMT)
Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Dewi Phillips (Wales), Tom Spurrier (Wales)
TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)

Brive v Pau

The teams:

Brive: 15 Thomas Laranjeira (c), 14 Pierre Tournebize, 13 Wesley Douglas, 12 Sevanaia Galala, 11 Joris Jurand, 10 Tedo Abzhandadze, 9 Paul Abadie, 8 Dylan Lam, 7 Matthieu Voisin, 6 Steevy Cerqueira, 5 Mitch Lees, 4 Victor Lebas, 3 Luka Japaridze, 2 Péniami Narisia, 1 Daniel Brennan
Replacements: 16 Vano Karkadze, 17 Wesley Tapueluelu, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Andrés Zafra Tarazona, 20 Otari Giorgadze, 21 Enzo Sanga, 22 Tanguy Lacoste, 23 Seta Tuicuvu

Pau: 15 Thomas Carol, 14 Vincent Pinto, 13 Vaea Tutuila Vaea, 12 Jale Vatubua (c), 11 Daniel Ikpefan, 10 Thibault Debaes, 9 Clovis Lebail, 8 Giovanni Habel Kuffner, 7 Thibaut Hamonou, 6 Reece Hewat, 5 Julien Delannoy, 4 Hugo Auradou, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Rayne Barka, 1 Rémi Seneca,
Replacements: 16 Youri Delhommel, 17 Téo Bordenave, 18 Kévin Yaméogo, 19 Martin Puech, 20 Hubert Texier, 21 Alexis Levron, 22 Clément Mondinat, 23 Eoghan Barrett

Date: Friday, January 14
Venue: Stade Amédée-Doménech
Kick-off: 21:00 local (20:00 GMT)
Referee: Adrien Descottes (France)
Assistant referees: Andrew Cole (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)