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Zebre team to face Cardiff Blues


After this morning team’s run in the sunny Stadio Lanfranchi, Zebre Rugby coaching staff announced the line-up that will face Cardiff Blues.

Filed the suspension for bad weather of last weekend’s game, the Parma crowd will embrace the white and black boys in the important challenge of tomorrow against the Welsh side of Cardiff Blues.

Cardiff Blues land in Italy with a run of three victories in the first three rounds of the tournament.

Zebre Rugby however, after the first two defeats against the other two Welsh teams of Ospreys and Dragons, are looking to their first win of the season in the Guinness PRO12 after last Saturday’s abandoned against the champions Connacht.

Cardiff Blues are one of three teams against which Zebre have obtained the highest number of wins: three in the first four years of the Guinness Pro12.

The Welsh capital team was beaten twice in Parma in the 2013/14 season and 11 months ago in the 26-15 of the last October 31, 2015.

Zebre’s first away win came at the Arms Park in Wales back in September 2013, an historic success for the Parma based franchise: the first in its history in the Guinness PRO12.

For the challenge of tomorrow afternoon there will be three changes in the starting XV compared to the previous challenge of seven days ago, all in the forward unit: flanker Meyer recovered from the pre-season injury against Bayonne and grab his first official selection while prop Lovotti is back in action after the two weeks suspension due to the Swansea opener citing. The third change concerns former southafrican Super Rugby Lions side captain Minnie who will be a starter for the first time in the Guinness PRO12 at number 8. Captain Biagi is ruled out of the game, rested after a light injure against Connacht along with centre Pratichetti.

Here’s Zebre line-up for Saturday, September 24 match at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma for the 4th round of the Guinness PRO12 against the Welsh side of Cardiff BLues. Kick off at 5.05 pm local time:

15 Edoardo Padovani*
14 Gabriele Di Giulio*
13 Giulio Bisegni
12 Tommaso Boni*
11 Giovanbattista Venditti*
10 Carlo Canna
9 Guglielmo Palazzani
8 Derick Minnie
7 Johan Meyer
6 Maxime Mbandà*
5 Federico Ruzza*
4 Quintin Geldenhuys (cap)
3 Pietro Ceccarelli
2 Oliviero Fabiani
1 Andrea Lovotti*

Replacements :
16 Tommaso D’Apice*
17 Bruno Postiglioni
18 Dario Chistolini
19 Valerio Bernabò
20 Jacopo Sarto
21 Carlo Engelbrecht
22 Tommaso Castello
23 Kayle Van Zyl

Coach. Gianluca Guidi

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

Not available for selection due to injury: Kurt Baker, Mattia Bellini, Dion Berryman, George Biagi, Joshua Furno*, Andrea Manici*, Matteo Pratichetti, Andries Van Schalkwyk, Marcello Violi*

Referee: David Wilkinson (Irish Rugby Football Union)
Assistant Referees: Frank Murphy (Irish Rugby Football Union) and Luca Trentin (Federazione Italiana Rugby)

Live streaming in Italy with one camera on www.therugbychannel.it .Live text coverage of the game on www.pro12rugby.com and on Zebre Rugby twitter account with the official game hashtag #ZEBvCBL