One week after collecting their first league victory this season against Edinburgh, Aironi travel to Dublin to face Leinster (Saturday at 6 pm) with several changes from last week’s side.
Head coach Rowland Phillips and his staff are faced with injuries and opt to rest some players who have played in each the first four RaboDirect PRO12 matches. One of them is Naas Olivier, who has played every minute so far this season. The South African fly-half, who was Man of the match against Edinburgh, starts from the bench.
Tito Tebaldi and Tyson Keats pair up as a new combination. Tebaldi will play at 10, while Keats stays at scrum-half making his first appearance in the starting XV after coming off the bench in Newport two weeks ago. The back line is the same one as the Edinburgh game.
There are three changes in the forwards. Two of them are in the back row, where Josh Sole returns at blindside flanker and Simone Favaro goes to the open side. Finally, Alberto De Marchi replaces prop Matias Aguero.
15 Ruggero Trevisan; 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Roberto Quartaroli, 12 Gabriel Pizarro, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti; 10 Tito Tebaldi, 9 Tyson Keats; 8 Nick Williams, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Josh Sole; 5 George Biagi, 4 Joshua Furno; 3 Fabio Staibano, 2 Roberto Santamaria (cap), 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Filippo Cazzola, 20 Filippo Ferrarini, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Giorgio Bronzini, 23 Riccardo Pavan.
Coach: Rowland Phillips