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Benetton Treviso team news

Guinness PRO12 Editor

17 Mar 2011

Franco Smith has announced the Benetton Treviso side to face Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League at Firhill Stadium on Friday evening.

The side shows several changes from the starting XV that lost 31-25 in Galway against Connacht on March the 4th.

The Lions are lacking many of the Azzurri, who are engaged in the Six Nations, and will face the Warriors with the dual goal of achieving the first success away from Italy and to be the best Italian team in the Magners League table, with five rounds until the end of the tournament.

The team will see Brendan Williams at full back , with Michele Sepe and Ben De Jager, who takes over from Joe Maddock on the wing. Ludovico Nitoglia who in the past has played at fullback, on the wing and lately as scrum half to cover the absence of Tobias Botes, Fabio Semenzato and Edoardo Gori, has yet another new role – partnering Andrea Pratichetti in the centre, while at half back Willem De Waal will be joined by the fit again Tobie Botes.

In the back row, the only change is the swap of Gonzalo Padrò and Manoa Vosawai. In the front row, Michele Rizzo will play in place of Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet. Matteo Muccignat will sit on the bench and Pedro Di Santo, will take the place of Lorenzo Cittadini.

Enrico Ceccato, Enrico Pavanello, Simon Picone and Andrea Marcato will also sit on the bench.

Benetton Treviso Team:

15 Brendan Williams
14 Michele Sepe
13 Ludovico Nitoglia
12 Andrea Pratichetti
11 Benjamin De Jager
10 Willem De Waal
9 Tobias Botes
8 Marco Filippucci
7 Gonzalo Padrò
6 Benjamin Vermaak
5 Corniel Van Zyl
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Pedro Di Santo
2 Franco Sbaraglini
1 Michele Rizzo

16 Enrico Ceccato
17 Matteo Muccignat
18 Lorenzo Cittadini
19 Enrico Pavanello
20 Manoa Vosawai
21 Simon Picone
22 Ezio Galon
23 Andrea Marcato

Head Coach: Franco Smith.