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Laharrague and Krause return as Aironi host Dragons

Guinness PRO12 Editor

18 Feb 2011

Julien Laharrague and Gareth Krause return in the starting XV for Aironi as the Italian side prepares to host the Newport Gwent Dragons at Stadio Zaffanella on Sunday (kick-off at 5,30 pm local time, 4,30 GMT).

Aironi are still looking for their first Magners League win and have targeted Sunday's clash against the Dragons as a big opportunity to reach their goal. “The feeling is good, we have had very good training sessions all the week. We want this win because we need it”, says South African flanker Gareth Krause.

Laharrague returns at fullback replacing the injured Paolo Buso. Kaine Robertson and Giulio Toniolatti are on the wings, while centres Gabriel Pizarro and Horacio San Martin complete the backline. James Marshall and Tito Tebaldi are at halfback.

In the back row, Nick Williams wears the No8 shirt, with Jaco Erasmus and Gareth Krause flankering. Aironi captain Marco Bortolami will play alongside Joshua Furno in the second row. The front row is the same as the one that started against Leinster last week, with props Fabio Staibano and Alberto De Marchi and Roberto Santamaria hooking.

There is also a first call for the former Azzurri Under 20 player from Rugby Roma young hooker Tommaso D’Apice among the replacements.

Aironi Team:

15 Julien Laharrague; 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Gabriel Pizarro, 12 Horacio San Martin, 11 Giulio Toniolatti; 10 James Marshall, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 1 Alberto De Marchi, 2 Roberto Santamaria, 3 Fabio Staibano; 4 Joshua Furno, 5 Marco Bortolami (cap); 6 Jaco Erasmus, 7 Gareth Krause, 8 Nick Williams.

(Replacements: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Luca Redolfini, 18 Andrea De Marchi, 19 George Biagi, 20 Nicola Cattina, 21 Pietro Travagli, 22 Alberto Benettin, 23 Matteo Pratichetti).