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Connacht v Bayonne

European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 2 Round 3

Saturday 6th December 2014 Kick Off 17:00

After back to back Pro 12 victories leaving Connacht in a healthy 6th place after 9 rounds, Connacht resume their Challenge Cup campaign against Bayonne on Saturday at the Sportsgrounds. Both sides have one win and one loss to date in the competition. Connacht will be keen to preserve their unbeaten home record for this season while Bayonne may travel somewhat weakened with relegation concerns domestically occupying them at present.

Other Match Stats
Connacht beat Bayonne in their last two meetings in the 2010/2011 Challenge Cup.
Bayonne have lost 4 and drawn 1 of their French Top 14 games this season
Bayonne's draw at La Rochelle halted a run of 6 straight away losses, however, Bayonne have yet to win away from home this season.

Bayonne Stats
Website: www.abrugby.fr/
Founded: 1904
Ground: Stade Jean Dauger
Capacity: 16,934
Coaches: Patricio Noriega, Nicolas Morlaes
Captain: Mark Chisholm

Top 14 Position 2013/14: 10th P:26 Points:54
Top 14 Position 2014/15: 10th P:12 Points:23
Challenge Cup 2013/14: 2nd in Pool 4 Points: 15

Previous Fixtures
La Rochelle 19-19 Bayonne (Top 14 Round 12)
Racing Metro 27-10 Bayonne (Top 14 Round 11)
Bayonne 24-13 Clermont (Top 14 Round 10)
La Rochelle 27-13 Bayonne (Challenge Cup Round 2)
Bayonne 30-24 Exeter (Challenge Cup Round 1)

Next League Fixture:
Saturday 20th December 2014 Bayonne v Bordeaux-Begles @ Stade Jean Dauger @ 18.30 (local time)

European Rugby Challenge Cup (Pool 2)
Exeter 6
Connacht 5
La Rochelle 4
Bayonne 4

Bayonne Ins and Outs 2014/15
Players In

Blair Stewart from Grenoble
Giogi Jgenti from Perpignan
Lukas Pointud from Tarbes
Thibault Visensang from Albi
Lalakai Foketi from Melbourne Rebels

Players Out
Guillaume Bernad to Oyonnax
Julien Puricelli to Lyon
Neemia Tialata to Toulouse
Stephen Brett to Lyon
Mathieu Bélie to Perpignan
Victor Manukula to Béziers
Pierre-Philippe Lafond to Montauban
Abdellatif Boutaty to Pau
Sam Gerber retired

Previous Meetings
15th January 2011 European Challenge Cup Pool 1
Bayonne 21-35 Connacht
www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/amlin-challenge/2...85-bayonne_connacht/

15th October 2010 European Challenge Cup Pool 1
Connacht 16-13 Bayonne
www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/amlin-challenge/2...30-connacht_bayonne/

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