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Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Fri 15 Apr 22

Team News | Harri Doel returns for Lyon trip

Full-back Harri Doel will make his first start for Warriors in three months in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 tie against Lyon at the Matmut Stadium de Gerland on Friday (kick-off 8.00pm BST).

Doel’s last start came in the final pool match of this competition against Zebre in Parma in January although he did score a spectacular long-range try when he came off the bench in the Gallagher Premiership victory over Exeter Chiefs five weeks ago.

The former Scarlets academy player returns after a short injury lay-off and replaces Noah Heward, who took a bang to the head against Newcastle Falcons two weeks ago, as one of three changes to the side.

Tom Howe, who has scored six tries in eight appearances across all competitions this season, returns on the right wing with Alex Hearle switching to the left wing.

Lock Justin Clegg is recalled in the pack with Joe Batley moving from the second row to blindside flanker.

Scotland and British and Irish Lions loosehead prop Rory Sutherland will make his first appearance for Warriors in a European competition.

On the bench, flanker Sam Lewis returns to the matchday squad for the first time since he aggravated a dead leg injury at Sale Sharks two months ago.

Centre Seb Atkinson also comes back into the squad as a replacement having impressed in the Premiership Rugby Cup win at Bath two weeks ago.

Atkinson and back-row forward Jack Forsythe are both in line to make their European debuts.

Warriors | 15 Harri Doel, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Alex Hearle, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Gareth Simpson, 1 Rory Sutherland, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Justin Clegg, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Joe Batley, 7 Ted Hill (C), 8 Sione Vailanu.

Replacements | 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Sam Lewis, 20 Jack Forsythe, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Seb Atkinson.

Lyon | 15 Clément Laporte, 14  Josua Tuisova, 13 Pierre-Louis Barassi, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Ethan Dumortier, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 1 Jérôme Rey, 2 Guillaume Marchand, 3 Demba Bamba, 4 Felix Lambey, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 6 Dylan Cretin, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 8 Jordan Taufua (C).

Replacements | 16 Yanis Charcosset, 17 Vivien Devisme, 18 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 19 Temo Mayanavanua, 20 Patrick Sobela, 21  Jonathan Pelissié, 22 Tavite Veredamu, 23 Leo Berdeu.

  • The Lyon v Warriors match is being live streamed by EPCR TV for €4.99. To view click here, log on and select the match from the menu.
Competition: EPCR Challenge Cup
Venue: Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Game Type:
Fixture Round:
No. Name T C D P
8 Jordan Taufua
7 Colby Fainga'a
6 Dylan Cretin
5 Romain Taofifenua 1T
4 Felix Lambey
3 Demba Bamba
2 Guillaume Marchand
15 Clement Laporte
14 Josua Tuisova
13 Pierre-Louis Barassi 1T
12 Charlie Ngatai
11 Ethan Dumortier
10 Lima Sopoaga 3C
9 Baptiste Couilloud 1T
1 Jerome Rey
16 Yanis Charcosset
17 Vivien Devisme 1T
18 Francisco Gomez Kodela
19 Temo Mayanavanua
20 Patrick Sobela
21 Jonathan Pelissie
22 Tavite Veredamu
23 Leo Berdeu 1C 1P