Tom Foley (RFU) was set to make his Championship debut in the Guinness PRO14 but is now unavailable due to injury. He will be replaced by JP Doyle (RFU) who has previously taken charge of a Championship game in April 2011 when he was appointed to referee Ulster v Connacht.
Doyle is an international referee and has appeared over 150 times in the Premiership and made 47 appearances in European tournaments. Doyle also refereed the recent Champions Cup Semi-Final between Racing 92 and Munster while he was also a match official for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Match officials for Benetton Rugby v Zebre Rugby Club, KO 18:00 (Italy)
Referee: JP Doyle (RFU, 2nd competition game)
AR1: Manuel Bottini (FIR), AR2: Gianluca Gnecchi (FIR)
TMO: Sean Davey (RFU)
Eurosport Italia: 17:55 Italy