The Aviva Premiership, Guinness Pro 14 and Top 14 tournaments take a break this weekend. Instead of regular league activities Round 5 of the Champions Cup will be played in Europe. Argentina, Canada and the USA are all to have players involved.
The first player from the Americas to feature this weekend will be Lucas Noguera Paz. The regular starting Pumas Loose Head prop since Rugby World Cup 2015 will feature from the bench for Bath. His club take on the Scarlets in an English vs Welsh fixture.
On Saturday another English vs Welsh battle is to feature Americas’ players. Starting on the right wing for the Ospreys will be Jeff Hassler. He is set to play his first test match since 2015 later this month. The Ospreys host Saracens. The London team will start with Marcelo Bosch at outside center while Juan Figallo and Chris Wyles are to feature from the bench.
On Sunday USA Eagle Greg Peterson gets a start for the in-form Glasgow Warriors. He will run-out in the second-row against Leinster. The Scottish vs Irish battle is a prospective preview of what to expect in this season’s Guinness Pro 14 Final.
The remaining Sunday fixtures are all to be played in France. On the Mediterranean coast Toulon welcome Benetton Treviso. Facundo Isa starts at flanker while Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe will feature from the bench.
In Paris Racing 92 are fielding an experimental line-up against Munster. Juan Imhoff and Manuel Carizza are among the missing players. Veteran Patricio Albacete’s injuries mean he continues to wait for game time following his move from Toulouse.
In the South-West Castres play host to the Leicester Tigers. Benjamín Urdapilleta starts for the Tarns at fly half. Uruguayan supporters will be pleased with the non-involvement of regular captain Rodrigo Capó Ortega. His eagerly awaited return for Los Teros vs Canada this month has supporters and the team both feeling great.