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Benetton Treviso Team Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

2 Mar 2012

For Round 17 of RaboDirect PRO12 Benetton Treviso welcome the Welsh team Cardiff Blues. The match will be played at the Stadio Monigo and kick-off is at 16:30 (Italian time).

The match will be broadcast live both on TV on RaiSport 2 (channel 58 of the DTT and 228 of Sky), with live commentary by Armando Palanza and Tommaso Visentin, and on radio on Radio VenetoUno, FM 97.5, with live commentary by Emanuele Spironello.

Referee for the match will be Mr Wilkinson from the Irish Federation.

At half-time, as usual, there will be matches among Benetton Treviso, Vittorio Veneto Rugby and Rugby Casale Under 10 and 12.

Franco Smith has decided to keep the team that played against Scarlets last week.

Many players are still not at disposal as they are committed to play for Italy, but Francesco Minto, Corniel Van Zyl, Manoa Vosawai and Fabio Semenzato make their return.

Also, Gonzalo Garcia is out due to a one-week suspension as decided after the disciplinary hearing following last Thursday’s match in Llanelli.

The backs also remain the same as those who played in Wales, with the only exception of Semenzato who is starting as first string, while Simon Picone is starting from the bench.

In the pack: back row have been confirmed, and changes in the front row are Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet and Pedro Di Santo who will be playing props, and Diego Vidal will be playing hooker. In the second row, Francesco Minto and Corniel Van Zyl are playing locks.

Starting line-up:

15 Ludovico Nitoglia
14 Benjamin De Jager
13 Tommaso Iannone
12 Andrea Pratichetti
11 Brendan Williams
10 Willem De Waal
9 Fabio Semenzato (captain)
8 Marco Filippucci
7 Gonzalo Padrò
6 Manoa Vosawai
5 Corniel Van Zyl
4 Francesco Minto
3 Pedro Di Santo
2 Diego Vidal
1 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet

On the bench:

16 Enrico Ceccato
17 Augusto Allori
18 Carlo Fazzari
19 Valerio Bernabò
20 Enrico Pavanello
21 Simon Picone
22 Ezio Galon
23 Alberto Di Bernardo

Head Coach: Franco Smith.