Zebre Rugby Club team to face Cardiff Blues

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor
14 September 2018

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Zebre Rugby Club will host Cardiff Blues in the third round of the Guinness PRO14 in their second home game of the season tomorrow evening (19:35pm UK&Ire/20:25pm Italy).

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The Zebras are back in front of the home crowd after the bonus point win in the competition opener against the Southern Kings.

Zebre are in the hunt for the second win of the season after the defeat last weekend in Ireland against Connacht.

Coach Bradley side is back from three consecutive domestic wins, one in L’Aquila and two in Parma.

For the thirteenth official encounter between the two teams, the Zebre technical staff have decided on four changes compared to the XV selected last Saturday at the Galway Sportsground.

There is one change in the backs with centre Boni starting for the first time this season. There are three changes in the pack. Hooker Ceciliani will earn his first start for Zebre, while tight-head prop Chistolini and back-rower Tuivaiti also start.

Italian internationals centre Castello and back-rower Licata returns from injury and are amongst the replacements: the flanker is ready for his seasonal debut in the Guinness PRO14 after missing the first two games.

The Irishman George Clancy is the game referee, gaining his 104th direction in the tournament. The experienced referee has directed Zebre 6 times: in the two previous games Zebre got two wins last season against Connacht and Dragons.

Here’s the Zebre Rugby Club line-up for Saturday, September 15 match at the Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma (Italy) for the 3rd round of the Guinness PRO14 against the Welsh side of the Cardiff Blues. Kick-off at 8.35 pm local time (7.35 pm in the UK & Ireland):

15 Edoardo Padovani*

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 Jimmy Tuivaiti

5 George Biagi (cap)

4 David Sisi

3 Dario Chistolini

2 Massimo Ceciliani*

1 Andrea Lovotti*

Replacements:

16 Oliviero Fabiani

17 Daniele Rimpelli*

18 Giosué Zilocchi*

19 Apisai Tauyavuca

20 Giovanni Licata*

21 Guglielmo Palazzani

22 Francois Brummer

23 Tommaso Castello

Head Coach: Michael Bradley

Not available for selection due to injury: Paula Balekana, Eduardo Bello, Luhandre Luus*, Maxime Mbandà*, Matteo Minozzi*, Riccardo Raffaele*

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

Referee: George Clancy (Irish Rugby Football Union)

Assistant Referees: Jonny Erskine (Irish Rugby Football Union) and Matteo Liperini (Federazione Italiana Rugby)

TMO: Stefano Roscini (Federazione Italiana Rugby)

Live coverage of the game in Italy on live streaming on DAZN on www.dazn.com. Live text coverage of the game on www.pro14rugby.org and on Zebre Rugby twitter account with the official game hashtag #ZEBvCBL.

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