Challenge Cup: AJ MacGinty starts at 10 for Bristol Bears against Perpignan

AJ MacGinty Bristol Premiership 2022 - Alamy.jpg Credit: Alamy
AJ MacGinty Bristol Premiership 2022 - Alamy.jpg Credit: Alamy

The Challenge Cup returns this weekend as the tournament kicks off on Friday with Stade Francais and Perpignan hosting Benetton and Bristol Bears in their respective matches.

Check out the team news below.

Stade Francais v Benetton

Stade Francais: 15 Sione Tui, 14 Nadir Megdoud, 13 Paolo Odogwu, 12 Alex Arrate, 11 Lester Etien, 10 Léo Barre, 9 Arthur Coville, 8 Juan Martin Scelzo, 7 Mathieu Hirigoyen, 6 Giorgi Tsutkiridze, 5 Juan Johan Van der Mescht, 4 Mathieu De Giovanni (c), 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Lucas Peyresblanques, 1 Sergo Abramishvili
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Moses Alo Emile, 19 Baptiste Pesenti, 20 Nathan Huguen, 21 James Hall, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Giovanni Habel Kuffner

Benetton: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Marcus Watson, 13 Tommaso Menoncello, 12 Joaquin Riera, 11 Onisi Ratave, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Alessandro Garbisi, 8 Lorenzo Cannone, 7 Michele Lamaro (c), 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 1 Nahuel Tetaz
Replacements: 16 Siua Maile, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Henry Time-Stowers, 20 Giovanni Pettinelli, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Marco Zanon

Venue: Stade Jean Bouin
Kick-off: 21:00 local (20:00 GMT)
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Jonny Erskine (Ireland), Dermot Blake (Ireland)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

Perpignan v Bristol Bears

Perpignan: 15 Boris Goutard, 14 Ali Crossdale, 13 Edward Sawaileau, 12 Alivereti Duguivalu, 11 Lucas Dubois, 10 Pato Fernandez, 9 Matteo Rodor, 8 Joaquin Oviedo, 7 Brad Shields, 6 Lucas Bachelier, 5 Eru Shahn, 4 Tristan Labouteley, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Lucas Velarte, 1 Sacha Lotrian (c)
Replacements: 16 Victor Montgaillard, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Akato Fakatika, 19 Posolo Tuilagi, 20 Valentin Moro, 21 Lenny Viola, 22 Dorian Laborde, 23 Theo Forner

Bristol Bears: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Joe Jenkins, 11 Gabriel Ibitoye, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Will Porter, 8 Fitz Harding, 7 Jake Heenan, Steven Luatua (c), 5 Chris Vui, 4 Joe Batley, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Jake Kerr, 17 Jake Woolmore, 18 Jay Tyack, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Dan Thomas, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 Callum Sheedy, 23 Ioan Lloyd

Venue: Stade Aimé Giral
Kick-off: 21:00 local (20:00 GMT)
Referee: Chris Busby (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Dan Carson (Ireland), Robbie Jenkinson (Ireland),
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

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