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Aironi name team for first Magners Italian derby

Guinness PRO12 Editor

23 Dec 2010

Aironi have named their team that will face Treviso at Monigo Stadium on Friday in the first every Italian derby in the Magners League.

The starting line-up is pretty similar to the one who beat Heineken Cup runners-up Biarritz two weeks ago, which give the franchise the first victory in its history.

Full Back Julien Laharrague has fully recovered from the hit which forced the French International to miss the final minutes of the Biarritz clash last week. Giulio Toniolatti and Matteo Pratichetti will play on the wings while Gabriel Pizarro and Rodd Penney will be the centres.

Tito Tebaldi and James Marshall at half back will give Aironi the right pace in the offence.

Nick Williams is back at No8, with Josh Sole and Simone Favaro (born in Treviso) at flanker. The second row has Marco Bortolami and the captain Quintin Geldenhuys, while the other Italian international Carlo Del Fava is back from the injury he suffered during the test-match against Fiji and will start on the bench. The front row is the same one that faced Biarritz two weeks ago, with Fabio Staibano on the right side, Matias Aguero on the left and Fabio Ongaro hooking.

“Normally derby games are physical”, says Aironi head coach Rowland Phillips.

“Teams are a little bit conservative, no one wants to make mistakes, players are familiar with each other and there’s always a lot of emotion. It will be a match with high intensity. What we need is to focus on continuing to improve our performances, take control of the emotions and enjoy the challenge”.

“Treviso had a great start in the League and I’m sure they feel disappointed about their last results and will look to this game to be back on track. We know it’s a great challenge and all the Aironi players are very excited about this game”.


15 Julien Laharrague; 14 Giulio Toniolatti, 13 Rodd Penney, 12 Gabriel Pizarro, 11 Matteo Pratichetti; 10 James Marshall, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 1 Matias Aguero, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 3 Fabio Staibano; 4 Marco Bortolami, 5 Quintin Geldenhuys (cap); 6 Josh Sole, 7 Simone Favaro, 8 Nick Williams.

Replacements: 16 Roberto Santamaria, 17 Luca Redolfini, 18 Salvatore Perugini, 19 Carlo Del Fava, 20 Gareth Krause, 21 Pablo Canavosio, 22 Riccardo Bocchino, 23 Paolo Buso