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Benetton Treviso Press Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

25 Nov 2011

Franco Smith makes only three changes in the starting XV compared to last Saturday’s match against the Ospreys, drawing 26-26 thanks to a last minute penalty by Matthew Morgan.

Apart from Luke McLean replacing Ludovico Nitoglia as fullback, there are no changes among the backs.

In the pack Antonio Pavanello and Valerio Bernabò are playing locks, while in the back row Paul Derbyshire comes back with his Italian team mates Alessandro Zanni and Robert Barbieri.

Matteo Muccignat (front row), Francesco Minto (flanker) and Alberto Di Bernardo (fly-half) are the three changes on the bench.

Saturday’s opponent is Dublin-based Leinster, one of the most highly rated teams in the tournament and current European Champions.

Benetton’s goal is to obtain another important success as they did last year, when they won 29-13.

Starting line-up:

15 Luke McLean
14 Benjamin De Jager
13 Tommaso Benvenuti
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Brendan Williams
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Tobias Botes
8 Robert Barbieri
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Paul Derbyshire
5 Valerio Bernabò
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Enrico Ceccato
1 Michele Rizzo
On the bench:
16 Franco Sbaraglini
17 Matteo Muccignat
18 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet
19 Benjamin Vermaak
20 Manoa Vosawai
21 Francesco Minto
22 Fabio Semenzato
23 Alberto Di Bernardo

Head Coach: Franco Smith.

LIVE COVERAGE – The match will be broadcast live on Italian TV RAI, on Rai Sport 2 (channel 58 of the DTT), starting from 14:50; Riccardo Pescante and Andrea Gritti will be the commentators, while Maria Pia Zorzi will be on the pitch side.

The match can also be followed on Radio VenetoUno (FM 97.5), and via streaming at the website www.venetouno.it, thanks to Emanuele Spironello’s reports.

TICKETING – Ticket offices at the Stadium will open at 10:30. The gates will open at 12. The restaurant inside the venue will already be open.

MOGLIANO – The relationship between Benetton Treviso and Rugby Mogliano continues. As well as those possessing the Benetton Treviso season ticket for RaboDirect PRO12 and the Heineken Cup, those presenting the ticket for Saturday’s match against Leinster will enjoy a discounted ticket for Sunday 27th November’s match between Rugby Mogliano and I Cavalieri Prato (kick-off at 15:00).

AREP – Arep and Benetton Rugby’s calendars will be sold at the shops and at the restaurant inside the stadium. There will also be an Arep info point at the restaurant under the covered stand.

TEAMS – The teams forming the corridor and playing at half-time tomorrow will be Rugby Monselice and C'è L'Este Rugby’s Under 10 and Under 12.