We take another look round some of the main news surrounding our European Rugby Challenge Cup sides ahead of a busy domestic weekend.
Internationals set to return to bolster Connacht
Connacht Rugby will welcome back Ireland internationals Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion when they face Edinburgh Rugby in the Scottish capital on Friday night.
Centre Aki will start on the bench with scrum-half Marmion set to make his first start of the season.
— Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) September 13, 2018
Agen have turned to a rugby league cup winner in their bid to qualify for the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup for the first time since 2001.
Wing Foud Yaha has joined the Pool 5 club from French team Catalans Dragons, whom he helped become the first non-English winners of the Rugby League Challenge Cup last month.
The 22-year-old, who has played four rugby league Tests for France, has signed a two-year contract with Agen.
— SUA LG (@agen_rugby) September 13, 2018
Dragons without Henson and Morgan
Welsh region Dragons face a daunting task this weekend as they face a trip to Dublin to do battle against defending Champions Cup winners Leinster Rugby.
They will have to make do without fly-half Gavin Henson (knee) and centre Tyler Morgan (hamstring) who have been ruled out through injury.
— Dragons 🏉 (@dragonsrugby) September 11, 2018
Super Bowl candidate?
With the NFL season getting underway last week, Grenoble have been giving american football a go in training but from what we can see, Tom Brady doesn’t have too much to worry about!
The French side open up their Challenge Cup campaign with a visit to Benetton Rugby on October 13.
— FC Grenoble Rugby (@FCGrugby) September 14, 2018
Te’o and Hougaard close to Worcester return
Former South Africa scrum-half Francois Hougaard and England outside centre Ben Te’o look to be on the way back from slight injuries, according to Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons.
They should both be available for the Warriors’ Challenge Cup opener against 2017 winners Stade Francais Paris.
✏️ PRESS CONFERENCE NOTES | Solly spoke to the press this afternoon ahead of Saturday's big clash with Newcastle Falcons while also giving a number of injury updates…
— Worcester Warriors ⚔️ (@WorcsWarriors) September 12, 2018
Bears bring in back up
Bristol Bears currently have full-back Charles Piutau, utility-back Luke Daniels and fly-half Matt Protheroe on the sidelines and as a result have added utility-back Zane Kirchner.
The former South Africa international has joined the West Country club on loan on a one-month deal with the 34-year-old able to play full-back, wing or centre.
🎥 | #BristolBears are coming to spoil the party. 🎉
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) September 13, 2018