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Benetton Rugby name team to face Ulster Rugby

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor

23 Nov 2017

Giorgio Bronzini

After a two week break, the Guinness PRO14 restarts. Today Benetton Rugby will leave for Belfast where on Friday night at 19.05 local time (20.05 Italian) at the Kingspan Stadium Benetton will face Ulster Rugby. Coach Crowley, due to the commitments of the Italian national Team on Saturday, will have to do without the whites and greens Lions involved.

During the week, however, the technical staff has had the opportunity to work with several permit players from the Veneto teams of Eccellenza and Fiamme Oro, who performed well. Among them, for tomorrow, were selected: Giuseppe Di Stefano, prop from the XV of Polizia di Stato, and Luca Crosato, from San Donà.

Full back will be Luca Sperandio, on the wings Tommaso Benvenuti and Andrea Bronzini. Ignacio Brex and captain Alberto Sgarbi will be respectively right and left centre.

The half backs are Giorgio Bronzini at scrum half and Tommaso Allan at fly-half.

The front row will consist of Cherif Traore, Tomas Baravalle and Giuseppe Di Stefano.

Locks will be Alessandro Zanni and Irné Herbst. Finally, the back row sees Whetu Douglas, Nasi Manu and Robert Barbieri completing the XV chosen by Crowley.

Finally, there will be several notable replacements: the presence of a new player Hame Faiva, Federico Ruzza released by the Italian national team and flanker Marco Barbini, fly-half Marty Banks and centre Luca Morisi returning from their respective injuries.

BENETTON RUGBY: 15 Luca Sperandio, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Ignacio Brex, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (C), 11 Andrea Bronzini, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Nasi Manu, 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 Irné Herbst, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Giuseppe Di Stefano, 2 Tomas Baravalle, 1 Cherif Traore

Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Alberto De Marchi, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Marco Barbini, 21 Luca Crosato, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Luca Morisi

Head Coach: Kieran Crowley

Unavailable: Luca Bigi, Dean Budd, Andrea Buondonno, Angelo Esposito, Simone Ferrari, Marco Fuser, Ornel Gega, Edoardo Gori, Jayden Hayward, Tommaso Iannone, Marco Lazzaroni, Engjel Makelara, Ian McKinley, Francesco Minto, Tiziano Pasquali, Marco Riccioni, Abraham Steyn, Michael Tagicakibau, Tito Tebaldi.

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU) Assistants: Leo Colgan, Shane Kierans (IRFU) Citing Commissar: Eddie Wigglesworth (IRFU) TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU)

LIVE – You can follow the match on the new Benetton Rugby official app and on Benetton rugby’s official twitter account.

TV Coverage: Eurosport Player Platform

Benetton Rugby thanks the Veneto teams of Eccellenza and the Fiamme Oro for their collaboration and for giving us the opportunity to use their players.