European Challenge Cup: Oyonnax v Worcester Warriors
|European Challenge Cup|
|Venue: Stade Charles-Mathon Date: Friday, 15 December Kick-off: 19:00 GMT|
|Coverage: Live coverage on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website|
Worcester Warriors have made two changes to their side for the trip to face Oyonnax in the Challenge Cup.
Centre Chris Pennell and prop Simon Kerrod come into the side that beat the French side 35-14 on Saturday.
Worcester begin the weekend second in Pool 5, three points behind leaders Connacht, who have won their first three matches.
Victory would take the Warriors top of the group ahead of Connacht’s home game against Brive on Saturday.
The group games end in mid-January when Warriors host Connacht before heading back to France again the following week for the return match with Brive.
Oyonnax: Seuteni; Tian, Lasmarrigues, Veau, Giresse; Fuertes, Audy; Vartanov, Elliot, Mirtskhulava, Fabbri, Njewel, Kerry, Taieb (c), Tauleigne.
Replacements: Geledan, Buys, Laclayat, Ursache, Barba, Hall, Fucina.
Worcester Warriors: Howard; Howe, Pennell, Stelling, Humphreys; Olver, Dowsett; Bower (c), Taufete’e, Kerrod, Phillips, Barry, Taylor, Durutalo, Denton.
Replacements: Haupt, Milasinovich, Alo, Faosiliva, Williams, Baldwin, Shilcock, Adams.
Referee: Vlad Iordaschescu (Romania)
Match facts – and Oyonnax’s most famous resident
- Oyonnax is a small town with a 25,000 population, an hour’s drive from Geneva in the foothills of the Jura Mountains.
- The team has been in the Top 14 – the premier level of French rugby- since being promoted in 2014.
- They play at the redeveloped Stade Charles-Mathon, the capacity of which was increased to 11,400 following promotion.
- They currently sit bottom of Top 14, having won just one of their 12 league matches this season.
- Their most famous inhabitant is Eric Barone, who holds the world speed record on a bicycle, both on snow and gravel.