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Zebre’s line-up for Leinster clash

Guinness PRO12 Editor
26 February 2016

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Before the afternoon training session in Parma, Zebre Rugby coaching staff announced the line-up of the Italian side that will face Leinster at Stadio Lanfranchi on Sunday.

The 16th round of the Guinness PRO12 sees the two teams in opposition just two weeks from the first leg played in Dublin. This will be the fifth game of the Guinness PRO12 concurrent with the international fixtures of the RBS 6 Nations with both teams to face numerous absences. In fact 8 players of the Italian North-West franchise are selected by Italy which hosts Scotland in Rome tomorrow, while 12 dDubliners are listed in the 23 of Ireland playing tomorrow at Twickenham against England.
 
Compared to the first leg won by the Irish, Leinster will miss flanker Van Der Flier and the two props Healy and Ross; called by the reigning champions of the RBS 6 Nations for the third round. Zebre, however, will count on the return of international lock Geldenhuys who has recovered from his December surgery and of the Italian international flanker Jacopo Sarto as Jacopo has been released by Italy. Coach Guidi could also count on four permit players capped over the main Italian league Eccellenza: Semenzato (Rugby Mogliano ), Morelli (Rugby Calvisano), Azzolini (Gold Rugby Flames) and McKinley (Rugby Viadana 1970).
 
It will be special match for the fly-half McKinley. The Irish player, developed in the Academy of Leinster, for the first time will face the team with which he made his debut in the Guinness PRO12 in May 2009 before the serious eye injury that occurred in 2010. On the bench will sit Morelli – former National Academy Ivan Francescato hooker- he could gain his official debut in the Guinness PRO12.
 
Here's Zebre line-up for Sunday February 28th match at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma for the 16th round of the Guinness PRO12 against Munster. Kick off at 4.00 pm local time:
 
15 Mils Muliaina
14 Giulio Toniolatti
13 Tommaso Boni*
12 Matteo Pratichetti
11 Kayle Van Zyl
10 Ian McKinley
9 Fabio Semenzato

8 Johan Meyer
7 Federico Ruzza*
6 Jacopo Sarto
5 Marco Bortolami (cap)
4 Quintin Geldenhuys
3 Guillermo Roan
2 Oliviero Fabiani
1 Bruno Postiglioni

Replacements :
16 Gabriele Morelli*
17 Andrea De Marchi
18 Pietro Ceccarelli
19 Gideon Koegelenberg  
20 Emiliano Caffini*  
21 Luke Burgess
22 Maicol Azzolini*
23 Ulrich Beyers
Coach. Gianluca Guidi

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

Not available for selection due to injury: Dion Berryman, George Biagi, Giulio Bisegni, Jean Cook, Tommaso D'Apice*, Paul Derbyshire, Filippo Ferrarini*, Andrea Manici*, Marcello Violi*, Michele Visentin*.

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Welsh Rugby Union)
Assistant Referees: Matteo Liperini e Riccardo Angelucci (both Federazione Italiana Rugby)
TMO: Stefano Roscini (Federazione Italiana Rugby)

Live tv coverage in UK on Sky Sports. Live radio coverage on www.sportparma.com end live text coverage of the game on www.pro12rugby.com

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