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Zebre team to face Dragons


8 Sep 2016

At the end of today’s training session in Newport High School, the Zebre coaching staff announced the team that will play the Dragons tomorrow night in the second round of the Guinness PRO12 .

Opponents of Zebre Rugby are the Welsh Dragons beaten by Biagi and his team mates 47-22 in Parma in the last round of last season 2015/16 back in May. In the previous eight meetings between the two teams there were two Italian wins, one draw and 5 Dragons wins for a side defeated only once at Rodney Parade since 2007 against an Italian team.

In the last season of Guinness PRO12, Zebre gained one more victory than their Welsh opponents who preceded them by only two points in the final table thanks to 10 defensive bonus points, a record amongst the twelve sides of the competition.

For the important challenge of tomorrow night, Zebre can rely on the recovery of some athletes including internationals Fabiani and Geldenhuys which will start in a starting XV who sees 10 international part of the last summer tour of Italy. Among those changes respect to the Liberty Stadium opener, on the bench Engelbrecht, Koegelenberg, Pratichetti and Roan gain their first seasonal call. International prop Lovotti won’t be part of the game, suspended for two weeks by the referee’s commission of the tournament after being cited for a blow to Tipuric during last week Ospreys challenge.

Here’s Zebre line-up for Friday, September 9 match at Rodney Parade in Newport (Wales) for the 2nd round of the Guinness PRO12 against the Dragons. Kick off at 7.15 pm local time:

15 Kurt Baker
14 Lloyd Greeff
13 Giulio Bisegni
12 Tommaso Boni
11 Gabriele Di Giulio*
10 Carlo Canna
9 Guglielmo Palazzani
8 Andries Van Schalkwyk
7 Maxime Mbandà*
6 Jacopo Sarto
5 George Biagi (cap)
4 Quintin Geldenhuys
3 Pietro Ceccarelli
2 Oliviero Fabiani
1 Andrea De Marchi

Replacements :

16 Carlo Festuccia
17 Guillermo Roan
18 Dario Chistolini
19 Gideon Koegelenberg
20 Federico Ruzza*
21 Carlo Engelbrecht
22 Matteo Pratichetti
23 Edoardo Padovani*
Coach. Gianluca Guidi

Not available for selection due to injury: Mattia Bellini, Dion Berryman, Joshua Furno*, Andrea Manici*, Johan Meyer, Matteo Panunzi*, Bruno Postiglioni, Kayle Van Zyl, Giovanbattista Venditti*, Marcello Violi*

Suspended: Andrea Lovotti*

*Former member of the Italian Rugby Union academy “Ivan Francescato” of Tirrenia.

Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scottish Rugby Union)
Assistant Referees: Cammy Rudkin Scottish Rugby Union) e Gareth John (Welsh Rugby Union)
No tv coverage. Live text coverage of the game on www.pro12rugby.com and on Zebre Rugby twitter account with the official game hashtag #NGDvZEB