Amlin Challenge Cup match preview: Bath v Stade Francais
Last Updated: 06/04/13 12:47pm
Bath make four changes ahead of their Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Stade Francais on Saturday.
Wingers Nick Abendanon and Tom Biggs come into the starting line-up as Argentina international Horacio Agulla switches to outside centre.
Agulla replaces Matt Banahan is ruled out following an injury sustained in Bath's 40-25 victory against London Welsh last weekend.
Simon Taylor will start at blindside flanker as the former Stade Francais forward makes his first appearance since December after recovering from a knee injury.
Peter Stringer and Stephen Donald will maintain their half-back partnership while Ben Skirving, who made his 100th appearance for Bath last weekend, starts at number eight.
Meanwhile the Parisian side have named former Chiefs forward Aled de Malmanche at hooker in place of Laurent Sempere who played in Stade Francais last round match against London Welsh.
A strong Stade Francais back-row will see Sergio Parisse, David Lyons and Pierre Rabadan combine.
Jules Plisson and Jerome Fillol are preferred at half-back for the French side who currently sit tenth in the Top 14.
The duo come into Saturday's clash at the Recreation Ground with contrasting league form as Bath sit a comfortable sixth in the Aviva Premiership while Stade Francais struggle in the Top 14 losing more games than they have won this season.
Bath enter the tie on the back of a comprehensive victory against London Welsh last weekend but face a Stade Francais side who beat the same opposition 39-17 in their last Challenge Cup fixture.
Bath: 15 Ollie Devoto, 14 Nick Abendanon, 13 Horacio Agulla, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Ben Skirving, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Simon Taylor, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Stuart Hooper (capt), 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Nick Koster, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Jack Cuthbert.
Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Jérémy Sinzelle, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Jerome Fillol, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 David Lyons, 6 Pierre Rabadan, 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Scott Lavalla, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Aled De Malmanche, 1 Stan Wright.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Jérémy Becasseau, 18 Zurabi Zhvania, 19 Anton van Zyl, 20 Antoine Burban, 21 Julien Dupuy, 22 Julien Arias, 23 Paul Warwick.
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