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Benetton Rugby Team Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

4 Nov 2011

After four consecutive wins, Benetton Treviso plays Edinburgh Saturday (k.o. at 3pm) at the Monigo Stadium, in the 8th game of the RaboDirect PRO12 season.

Satisfied with last Saturday’s performance against the Newport Gwent Dragons, Treviso want to obtain the same result against the Scottish team, in order to stay among the top end of the league table.

After celebrating Brendan Williams’s 200th game, another player is likely to reach an important milestone in his career: Scrum-half Fabio Semenzato, who is starting from the bench tomorrow, would obtain his 100th cap with Treviso.

The scrum-half is one of the three changes in Saturday’s starting XV.

Semenzato is replaced by Tobias Botes, one of the try-scorers against the Dragons.

In the backs, Brendan Williams is replaced by Luke McLean as winger.

Upfront, Franco Sbaraglini is playing hooker, replacing Enrico Ceccato.

There are some changes also on the bench: Benjamin Vermaak and Manoa Vosawai are replacing Valerio Bernabò and Robert Barbieri.

Franco Smith opts for three backs and five forwards, instead of the six of last week. Willem De Waal starts from the bench, together with Fabio Semenzato and Brendan Williams.

Back at the coach’s disposal is prop Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, who has fully recovered from hip surgery last May.

Starting line-up:
15 Ludovico Nitoglia
14 Tommaso Benvenuti
13 Ezio Galon
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Luke McLean
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Tobias Botes
8 Marco Filippucci
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Francesco Minto
5 Corniel Van Zyl
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Franco Sbaraglini
1 Michele Rizzo
On the bench:
16 Diego Vidal
17 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet
18 Pedro Di Santo
19 Benjamin Vermaak
20 Manoa Vosawai
21 Fabio Semenzato
22 Willem De Waal
23 Brendan Williams

Head Coach: Franco Smith.