Zebre make two changes for Benetton Rugby clash

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor
29 December 2017

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There is a lot of expectation in Parma for tomorrow’s challenge when the Rugby’s Citadel will host the most awaited event by all Italian North-West rugby lovers: the Italian derby of the Guinness PRO14.


After the first round was won by Benetton in Treviso last Saturday, Zebre will look for redemption tomorrow at 3 pm when the Lanfranchi Stadium will host the second of three seasonal encounters.

Many Italian internationals will be on the pitch facing each other as opponents just 5 weeks to the start of the 2018 Six Nations.

There are many events implemented by the Parma based club to embellish a day to be experienced. The rugby will start at 10.30 am with the first Zebre Rugby Club-Erreà tournament dedicated to the Under 14 players.

12 teams are ready to challenge each other on the synthetic pitches at the sport centre of Parma from 5 regional committees, for a real sporting event that will have its peak at 1.15 pm with the final.

Other elements of the day will be solidarity, fun and good food, all essential ingredients to the Rugby Citadel when Zebre are playing.

Zebre coaching staff opted for two changes in the starting line-up that tomorrow will challenge the Treviso one in the twelfth official challenge between the two teams.

All of the changes are in the forward unit that will also miss the flanker Meyer. The South African was suspended yesterday for one week by the disciplinary committee of the Guinness PRO14 after the red card shown seven days ago at the Stadio Monigo. In particular, at the forefront, the news are represented by the Argentine prop Eduardo Bello, who will start for the first time in the Italian derby. In the back rowers instead, on the flanks of Giammarioli – one of the best of the last round according to the official statistics of the tournament as well as defeated defenders and balls taken – will play Maxime Mandà with Derick Minnie.

Here’s Zebre Rugby Club line-up for Saturday, December 30 match at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma (Italy) for the 12nd round of the Guinness PRO14 against the Italian side of Benetton Rugby. Kick off at 3 pm local time:

15 Matteo Minozzi*
14 Giulio Bisegni
13 Tommaso Boni*
12 Tommaso Castello (cap)
11 Mattia Bellini
10 Carlo Canna
9 Marcello Violi*

8 Renato Giammarioli*
7 Derick Minnie
6 Maxime Mbandà*
5 George Biagi
4 David Sisi
3 Eduardo Bello
2 Oliviero Fabiani
1 Andrea Lovotti*

Replacements :

16 Tommaso D’Apice*
17 Andrea De Marchi
18 Roberto Tenga
19 Valerio Bernabò
20 Jacopo Sarto
21 Guglielmo Palazzani
22 Serafin Bordoli
23 Ciaran Gaffney

Coach. Michael Bradley

Suspended: Johan Meyer

Not available for selection due to injury: Cruze Ah-Nau, Dario Chistolini, Gabriele Di Giulio*, Leonard Krumov*, Andrea Manici*, Sami Panico, James Tucker, Giovanbattista Venditti*

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

Referee: David Wilkinson (Irish Rugby Football Union)
Assistant Referees: Mark Patton e Jonn Erskine(Irish Rugby Football Union)
TMO: Brian MacNiece (Irish Rugby Football Union)

Live tv coverage in Italy on Eurosport 2. Live text coverage of the game on www.pro14rugby.org and on Zebre Rugby twitter account with the official game hashtag #ZEBvBEN

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