Aironi head coach Rowland Phillips has named the starting XV to face Benetton in the Magners League round 12 clash on Friday.
For this second Italian derby in a week, the Aironi team shows only one change from the side that picked up a point in defeat at the Monigo Stadium, where Treviso won 15-10 last Friday. That change is the return of Gareth Krause in the back row in place of Simone Favaro, with the young Italian international starting from the bench.
The only other new face is among the replacements, where Gilberto Pavan makes his return in place of Riccardo Bocchino.
“We made just one change – says Rowland Phillips – and the only reason is that 7 is a tough position. We have two very good players and it’s better to have a fresh one in that position”.
“I expect a different game this week. Weather conditions are better, the pitch is better and there will be more opportunities to play rugby. Last week was a big disappointment because the preparation was good, the focus was good but when we had the opportunities we didn’t capitalise. This week I want our players to keep improving our game”.
Aironi: 15 Julien Laharrague; 14 Giulio Toniolatti, 13 Rodd Penney, 12 Gabriel Pizarro, 11 Matteo Pratichetti; 10 James Marshall, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 1 Matias Aguero, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 3 Fabio Staibano; 4 Marco Bortolami, 5 Quintin Geldenhuys (cap); 6 Josh Sole, 7 Gareth Krause, 8 Nick Williams.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Santamaria, 17 Luca Redolfini, 18 Salvatore Perugini, 19 Carlo Del Fava, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Pablo Canavosio, 22 Gilberto Pavan, 23 Paolo Bu