This weekend sees the Aviva Premiership put on hold as European glory is on everyone’s mind! Starting tonight (Fri), we have an all Premiership clash, as Bath take on Bristol. With Bristol only 3 points behind pool leaders Bath and Cardiff, they will welcome back Samoan Centre Tusi Pisi, who is recalled after suspension. With in-form three-quarter Jason Woodward being rested by Bath, they will need George Ford to bring his kicking boots. After a poor performance against Newcastle last weekend, he will be joined in the halves by Kahn Fotuali’i, who returns from injury, while Charlie Ewels returns in the pack.
Newcastle have made wholesale changes for the trip to Grenoble and include prop forward Ben Harris and Chris Harris, who returns from injury in the centres. The Falcons will be looking to add to their impressive win against Bath last week. Their opponents sit bottom of the pool, losing four from four. Grenoble do include scrum half Mele, centre Gelin and backrower Mathias Marie to their starting line-up, alongside former Rugby League Fijian international Sisa Waqa.
In the other European Challenge Cup game being played tonight, Welsh team Newport Gwent Dragons welcome Russian team Enisei-STM to Rodney Parade. Newport need to take full points from the game and welcome back former Wales International T Rhys Thomas, after missing the last two games, while fly half Dorian Jones makes his first run-on appearance. Adam Hughes is also recalled to the bench and could make his first appearance since suffering a head injury in preseason. The Russians defeated the Dragons 38-18 in their home match between earlier in the competition, and will be looking to use their huge pack to dominate and slow the Welsh ball down where possible.