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Benetton Rugby Team Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 Jan 2012

Benetton Treviso is flying early this afternoon (Friday) to Limerick, where they will play against Munster in the 13th game of this RaboDirect PRO12 season.

Following the good win in the derby against Aironi last week, Franco Smith resists huge changes to Saturday’s starting XV.

Manoa Vosawai replaces Robert Barbieri, who was hit hard on the face during the previous match.

On the bench, replacing the Fijian born player will be Enrico Pavanello, while the only other change among the replacements will be Matteo Muccignat for Pedro Di Santo.

Treviso will face a willing-to-win Munster, as the Irish team has lost against Ulster last week, losing third place in the table.

Last year Treviso suffered a huge defeat against the Red Army from Cork and Limerick, especially in the scrum: the Italians had to ask for uncontested scrums as the yellow card was shown to two front rowers.

In that 39-13 Munster scored five tries, while Treviso just one almost at the end of the match, thanks to Ludovico Nitoglia. That day marked also Simon Picone’s debut in the back row.

Treviso come close to an important result two years ago in the Heineken Cup game but the greatest outcome finally arrived last February, when De Waal’s kicks and Padrò’s try gave Treviso their first win against Munster.

It happened on 13th February 2011 during the 6 Nations Tournament, as the Stadio Monigo gave Antonio Pavanello and teammates a standing ovation thanking them for that 19-18 victory.

Referee for tomorrow’s match will be Welsh Nigel Owen.

The match will be broadcast live on RaiSport 2 (channel 58 of the DTT, 228 of Sky or on the website raisport.rai.it) from 21:10 Italian time, with live commentary by Nicola Sangiorgio and Tommaso Visentin, or on Radio VenetoUno (fm 97.5).

Starting line-up:
15 Luke McLean
14 Ludovico Nitoglia
13 Tommaso Benvenuti
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Brendan Williams
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Tobias Botes
8 Manoa Vosawai
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Gonzalo Padrò
5 Corniel Van Zyl
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Franco Sbaraglini
1 Michele Rizzo

On the bench:
16 Diego Vidal
17 Matteo Muccignat
18 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet
19 Valerio Bernabò
20 Enrico Pavanello
21 Simon Picone
22 Edoardo Gori
23 Alberto Di Bernardo

Head Coach: Franco Smith