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The Cherry and Whites of Gloucester who won the Challenge Cup last season in such emphatic style, continue their defence of the trophy in France at the weekend against La Rochelle at the Stade Marcel Deflandre. Gloucester who opened their Pool campaign last weekend with a hmw in against the Italians of Zebre from the PRO12, were victorious on two trips to France in last season's Pool stage, winning at both Oyonnax and Brive, as they won all six matches during the qualifying stage of the tournament.
La Rochelle travelled to the Worcester Warriors for the opener, and were defeated by 3-19, leaving them needing to defeat Gloucester if they are to retain any realistic chance of making it through to the knockout stages of the competition. The two clubs have met on four previous occasions in European competition. Gloucester Rugby won the first three encounters, but the French side triumphed in the most recent meeting by 24-18.
Last week's loss at Worcester was the fifth successive defeat for the French side in the European Rugby Challenge Cup. To break that run this weekend, they will need to become just the second French side to beat Gloucester in the last 11 Challenge Cup fixtures.
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, Stade Marcel Deflandre
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