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Five changes for Zebre against Glasgow Warriors

Guinness PRO12 Editor

7 Oct 2016

Parma is ready for Zebre Rugby who will play tomorrow in the sixth round of the Guinness PRO12, the first one of the”Big Weekend” organized by the tournament board with national derbies in Wales and Ireland and the two Italian sides to challenge the two Scots.

Opponents of the white & black boys will be Glasgow Warriors, semi-finalists of last season and champions of the 2014/15 season.

Zebre Rugby are the only team in the table still without a win and the game comes just one week before the start of the european cups with both sides included into the EPCR Champions Cup.

For tomorrow’s clash, the Italian coaching staff announced the line-up to face Zebre’s former winger Leonardo Sarto who joined Glasgow during the summer.

There are several changes by head coach Gianluca Guidi compared to last week’s defeat against Munster; six in the starting XV that sees five return: lock Biagi, prop Ceccarelli, hooker Fabiani, flanker Mbanda and numer 8 Van Schalkwyk.

In the backs, there will be one only change with young winger Greeff to start for the first time in front of the home crowd.

On the bench there is a first call of the season for scrum-half Violi who will get back to rugby after his knee surgery of last December.

Here’s Zebre line-up for Saturday, October 8th match at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma for the 6th round of the Guinness PRO12 against the Scottish side of Glasgow Warriors. Kick off at 5.05 pm local time:

15 Edoardo Padovani*
14 Lloyd Greeff
13 Giulio Bisegni
12 Tommaso Castello
11 Giovanbattista Venditti*
10 Carlo Canna
9 Guglielmo Palazzani

8 Andries Van Schalkwyk
7 Johan Meyer
6 Maxime Mbandà*
5 George Biagi (cap)
4 Joshua Furno*
3 Pietro Ceccarelli
2 Oliviero Fabiani
1 Andrea Lovotti*

Replacements :
16 Carlo Festuccia
17 Bruno Postiglioni
18 Dario Chistolini
19 Quintin Geldenhuys
20 Federico Ruzza*
21 Marcello Violi*
22 Tommaso Boni*
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, Valerio Bernabò, Dion Berryman, Gabriele Di Giulio*, Andrea Manici*

Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scottish Rugby Union)
Assistant Referees: Cammy Rudkin (Scottish Rugby Union) and Andrea Spadoni (Federazione Italiana Rugby)

Live streaming in Italy with one single 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 #ZEBvGLA