ASM Clermont Auvergne’s Damian Penaud and RC Toulon’s Charles Ollivon, two huge names set to feature in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16, both scored try braces as France thrashed England 53-10 in the Six Nations at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.
Wing Penaud has scored 14 tries in 27 games in EPCR competitions while flanker Ollivon captained Toulon to the EPCR Challenge Cup final last season.
Both are likely to feature prominently in the knockout stage of this season’s tournament as Clermont, who have dropped out of the Heineken Champions Cup, visit Bristol Bears on March 31 and Toulon, who picked up four straight wins in the pool stage, host Toyota Cheetahs on April 1.
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Ollivon notched France’s third try before half-time and was over again in the second half as England were handed their third biggest defeat in their history.
Penaud crossed twice in the closing stages as the shattered home side could provide no answer to his scintillating pace – something Bristol will need to be acutely aware of at Ashton Gate in just under three weeks’ time.