Nine Internationals return for Zebre Rugby Club

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor
01 December 2017

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Zebre are ready to play their second consecutive home game in Parma tomorrow hosting another Irish opponent. After the defeat against Munster last Sunday, the Italians will host Connacht at 2:15 pm in the tenth round of the Guinness PRO14.

Carlo Canna

The Zebre coaching staff will be able to count on many players returning to contention: first of all the nine Azzurri involved with the Italian national team in the November test matches; only the co-captain Castello is ruled out because of an injury against South Africa last weekend.

There is also good news on the injury front: Locks Sisi and Biagi return after a number of weeks due to injury. The Italian internationsal will also be a starter and captain of the home side; while the Italo-English team mate will start from the bench.

In total there are 9 changes in the starting line-up of Zebre facing Connacht for the first time in the season. The two sides are included in the same conference of the Guinness PRO14. Zebre trail Connacht by six points after the first nine rounds, with the return leg to be held during the 2018 Six Nations in February.

Here’s Zebre Rugby Club line-up for Saturday, December 2 match at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma (Italy) for the 10th round of the Guinness PRO14 against the Irish side of Connacht. Kick off at 2.15 pm local time:

15 Matteo Minozzi*
14 Mattia Bellini
13 Giulio Bisegni
12 Tommaso Boni*
11 Giovanbattista Venditti*
10 Carlo Canna,
9 Marcello Violi*

8 Renato Giammarioli*
7 Johan Meyer
6 Maxime Mbandà*
5 George Biagi (cap)
4 Leonard Krumov*
3 Dario Chistolini
2 Oliviero Fabiani
1 Andrea Lovotti*

Replacements :

16 Luhandre Luus*
17 Cruze Ah-Nau
18 Eduardo Bello
19 David Sisi
20 Jacopo Sarto
21 Guglielmo Palazzani
22 Serafin Bordoli
23 Ciaran Gaffney

Coach. Michael Bradley

Not available for selection due to injury: Faialaga Afamasaga, Tommaso Castello Tommaso D’Apice*, Gabriele Di Giulio*, Andrea Manici*, James Tucker

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

Referee: George Clancy (Irish Rugby Football Union)
Assistant Referees: Sean Gallagher (Irish Rugby Football Union) e Gianluca Gnecchi (Federazione Italiana Rugby)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Irish Rugby Football Union)

Live tv coverage in Italy on Eurosport 2 and in Ireland on TG4. Live text coverage of the game on and on Zebre Rugby twitter account with the official game hashtag #ZEBvCON


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