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Gajan Selects His Side for Glasgow Clash

Guinness PRO12 Editor

26 Sep 2012

Christian Gajan, Technical Director of the Zebras, has announced today his side that will take on Glasgow Friday night in the new Scotstoun Stadium at 7.35 PM local time in the fifth round of the RaboDirect PRO12.

After the stop of last weekend due to the postponement of the match against Ulster, the technical staff was able to recover some players missing the last game of two weeks ago played in Edinburgh. The Italian side for this second Scottish trip is full of youngsters with the aim to grow the white & black roster.

Christian Gajan, technical director of Zebre: "Last weekend stop allowed us to make longer & quantity trainings and to recover some of the players. Our work is always trying to grow our effectiveness through seeking different solutions within a squad that includes experienced players and young guys. Youngsters especially need to grow by playing games, this includes also taking gambles.

In Scotland it is always difficult and the weather should not be the best Friday night. It's always important to have goals. We worked much on the attitude and individual support. These are our goals for this game, to improve as a team and also the responses of individual players”.

Two players will make their RaboDirect PRO12 debut : winger Sarto (’92 class) and lock Van Vuren (’90 class)- who recovered from the shoulder injury suffered in the first pre-season game in Perpignan.

Among the backs Halangahu, after the good performance two weeks ago at center, moves to fullback leaving space for the return of skipper Garcia, next to him the other centre will be Pratichetti. A round of rest for Venditti, at the other wing will play samoan Sinoti. In the halves the technical staff has chosen the same pair selected for the game in Parma Vs Connacht: Chillon and Orquera with the first ever seasonal selection on the bench for the young scrum-half Martinelli.

Among the starting XV of the white & black the front-row is formed by Aguero at loosehead prop, italian international Giazzon as hooker and Redolfini at tight head prop. In the second row alongside confirmed italian international Geldenhuys there will be another Italian-South African born Van Vuren. In the back-row italian international Bergamasco, will join Cristiano and former Golden Lions Van Schalkwyk, the South African will start as number 8.

On the bench, a first RaboDirect PRO12 selection with Zebre for prop Fazzari, in addition to 4 other players who attended the Italian Rugby Union academy of Tirrenia.

Zebre Rugby XV to face Warriors on Friday 28th September at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow.. Kick off 7.35 pm local time :

14 Leonardo SARTO*
12 Gonzalo GARCIA (cap)
11 Sinoti SINOTI
10 Luciano ORQUERA
9 Alberto CHILLON*
5 Michael VAN VUREN
4 Quintin Geldenhuys
2 Davide GIAZZON
1 Matias AGUERO

16 Andrea MANICI*
17 Carlo FAZZARI*
18 Andrea DE MARCHI
19 Emiliano CAFFINI*
20 Nicola BELARDO*
22 Paolo BUSO
23 Samuele PACE

Coach: Christian GAJAN
* Former member of the Italian Rugby Union academy "Ivan Francescato" of Tirrenia.

not considered due to injury: Marco BORTOLAMI, Nicola Cattina, Filippo CAZZOLA *, Salvatore PERUGINI, Roberto Quartaroli *

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales Rugby Union, 19th direction)
Assistants: Cammy Rudkin, Bob Nevins (both Scottish Rugby Union)
Citing Commissioner: Rob Flockhart (Scottish Rugby Union)
TMO: Iain Ramage (Scottish Rugby Union)