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Geldenhuys to lead Zebre against Scarlets


2 Dec 2016


Zebre Rugby will be back in action tomorrow in Parma in the 10th round of the Guinness PRO12 hosting the Scarlets at Stadio Lanfranchi.

The Italian side missed last weekend game in Belfast due to an iced pitch at Kingspan Stadium and will face the team with the longest winning streak with six wins in a row. Zebre are looking for their first home win of the season after gaining the first success in Edinburgh in Round 7 back in October.

For this encounter the Italian coaching staff could count on eight internationals back to Parma after the November test match of Italy.

The Azzurri campaign costs much in terms of injures to Zebre with Furno, Lovotti, Mbandà and captain Biagi ruled out of the game injured.

Lock Geldenhuys – who announced his retirement from the Italian national team during the week- will be Zebre skipper tomorrow against a side never beaten by the Parma based franchise. In the previous 4 encounters at Stadio Lanfranchi Zebre fail short two times, in the 2013/14 draw and in the following season when a Priestland’s penalty kick in the injury time gave the Welsh side the win.

Here’s Zebre line-up for Saturday, November 5 match at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma for the 8th round of the Guinness PRO12 against the Irish side of Leinster. Kick off at 5.05 pm local time:

15 Dion Berryman
14 Mattia Bellini
13 Tommaso Boni*
12 Tommaso Castello
11 Giovanbattista Venditti*
10 Carlo Canna
9 Marcello Violi*

8 Andries Van Schalkwyk
7 Johan Meyer
6 Derick Minnie
5 Federico Ruzza*
4 Quintin Geldenhuys (cap)
3 Dario Chistolini
2 Tommaso D’Apice*
1 Bruno Postiglioni

Replacements :

16 Carlo Festuccia
17 Andrea De Marchi
18 Guillermo Roan
19 Gideon Koegelenberg
20 Valerio Bernabò
21 Guglielmo Palazzani
22 Matteo Pratichetti
23 Edoardo Padovani*

Coach. Gianluca Guidi

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

Not available for selection due to injury: Kurt Baker, George Biagi, Serafin Bordoli, Gabriele Di Giulio*, Joshua Furno*, Andrea Lovotti*, Andrea Manici*, Maxime Mbandà*, Jacopo Sarto, Kayle Van Zyl

Suspended: Oliviero Fabiani

Referee: David Wilkinson (Irish Rugby Football Union)
Assistant Referees: Kieran Barry (Irish Rugby Football Union) e Filippo Bertelli (Federazione Italiana Rugby)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Irish Rugby Football Union)

The game will be broadcasted live in Italy on Eurosport 2 and on live streaming on www.eurosportplayer.it

.Live text coverage of the game on www.pro12rugby.com and on Zebre Rugby twitter account with the official game hashtag #ZEBvSCA