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Benetton Treviso team announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

30 Sep 2010

Some new faces will make their Magners League debut as Benetton Rugby prepare for their next challenge against Newport Gwent Dragons.

Head coach Franco Smith and his team are aiming to quickly forget last week’s loss against Cardiff Blues, the first home defeat in this year’s championship.

Newport Gwent Dragons are well known rivals for the former Springboks player. Smith was a Dragons player in the late 90s and saw the team play against Benetton in his first year as a coach in Treviso, back in 2007.

Italian International winger Ludovico Nitoglia will make his first appearance in the green and white jersey after his move from L’Aquila this summer.

Former England Seven captain Andy Vilk is also back in the first fifteen in the centre spot, with Ezio Galon. Winger Benjamin De Jager will be back in the starting squad and scrum half Tobias Botes will play as fullback.

Benetton Treviso team:

15 Tobias Botes
14 Ludovico Nitoglia
13 Ezio Galon
12 Andrew Vilk
11 Benjamin De Jager
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Fabio Semenzato
8 Manoa Vosawai
7 Paul Derbyshire
6 Robert Barbieri
5 Corniel Van Zyl
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
1 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet


16 Diego Vidal
17 Franco Sbaraglini
18 Pedro Di Santo
19 Enrico Pavanello
20 Alessandro Zanni
21 Tommaso Benvenuti
22 Simon Picone
23 Brendan Williams