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Benetton Rugby team to face Leinster

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor

13 Apr 2018

Alessandro Zanni

After equalling their record amount of victories in the Guinness PRO14 dating back to the 2012/2013 season, Benetton Rugby fly to Ireland this morning.

Waiting for them tomorrow night at 19.35 local time (20.35 Italian) at the RDS Arena in Dublin will be Leinster, the leader of conference B.

There are five changes from the XV that beat Dragons last week.

Full back will be Jayden Hayward on the wings Andrea Bronzini and Monty Ioane.

Tommaso Iannone and captain Alberto Sgarbi will be respectively right and left centre.

The half backs are Tito Tebaldi at scrum half and Tommaso Allan at fly-half.

The front row will consist of Federico Zani, Luca Bigi and Simone Ferrari.

Locks will be Marco Lazzaroni and Alessandro Zanni.

Finally, the back row sees Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri and Nasi Manu completing the XV chosen by Crowley.

BENETTON RUGBY:

15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Andrea Bronzini, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (C), 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Sebastian Negri, 6 Federico Ruzza, 5 Alessandro Zanni, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Federico Zani.

Replacements:

16 Engjel Makelara, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Irné Herbst, 20 Marco Fuser, 21 Dean Budd, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti

Head Coach: Kieran Crowley

Unavailable: Marty Banks, Tomas Baravalle, Robert Barbieri, Marco Barbini, Giorgio Bronzini, Alberto De Marchi, Whetu Douglas, Angelo Esposito, Ornel Gega, Edoardo Gori, Luca Morisi, Marco Riccioni, Luca Sperandio, Micheal Tagicakibau

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
Assistants: Aled Evans (WRU), Johnny Peek (IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)
TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)

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