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Benetton Rugby Team Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

14 Sep 2012

After having dealt with Ospreys and Munster, in RaboDirect PRO12 Round 3 Benetton Treviso is playing another big name in European rugby: the European Champions of Leinster.

This will be the fifth Celtic match between the two teams. So far, Leinster have won three times, while Treviso only once.

Treviso and Leinster, however, met for the first time in the 2004/2005 Heineken Cup, when the Irish won both matches: 9-25 in Treviso and 57-17 in Dublin.

In the 2009/10 season, instead, Benetton won in their first home match 29-13 on 18th September 2010, but lost 30-5 in Dublin.

In last year’s RaboDirect PRO12 the two teams met first on 26th November in Treviso (20-30 to Leinster) and then on 9th February in Dublin (42-9 to Leinster).

Last week’s matches saw the Italian XV losing 19-6 at Thomond Park in Limerick against Munster, while Leinster won sharply 45-25 against the Newport Gwent Dragons, thus avenging the loss suffered against the Scarlets in Round 1.

For Saturday’s match it is likely that Leinster will line up some of the top players, whom, according to Irish Union’s decisions, were given a period of rest after the summer tour in New Zealand.

Referee for the match will be Mr. Ian Davies from the Welsh Federation.

These are Franco Smith’s choices for tomorrow:

Starting line-up:

15 Luke McLean
14 Edoardo Gori
13 Tommaso Benvenuti
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Ludovico Nitoglia
10 Alberto Di Bernardo
9 Tobias Botes

8 Robert Barbieri
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Simone Favaro
5 Corniel Van Zyl (captain)
4 Francesco Minto
3 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
1 Alberto De Marchi

On the bench:

16 Franco Sbaraglini
17 Michele Rizzo
18 Lorenzo Cittadini
19 Valerio Bernabò
20 Dean Budd
21 Marco Filippucci
22 Fabio Semenzato
23 Kristopher Burton

Head Coach: Franco Smith.