Guinness PRO12 Editor

8 Feb 2012


Franco Smith is forced to make changes to his starting XV to face Leinster for Round 14 of the RaboDirect PRO12.

The match will be played at the RDS Stadium (kick-off at 19:05), home ground of the league leaders.

The match refereee will be Mr. Hodges from the Welsh Federation. The match will be broadcast live on Rai Sport 2 (channel 58 of the DTT, 228 of SKY), and also on Radio VenetoUno (FM 97.5).

The team has flown this morning to Dublin with a line-up that suffers from the absence of many players who are with Italy in Saturday’s Six Nations match against England at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Gonzalo Garcia is back on the bench after having recovered from a shoulder surgery. Benjamin De Jager also returns on the pitch after having recovered from the chest injury suffered in November in the home match against the Irish side.

Half-backs for tomorrow’s match are Alberto Di Bernardo and Alberto Chillon, Petrarca Padova’s scrum-half who already played for Benetton Treviso at the beginning of this season.

Hooker Enrico Ceccato, and props Matteo Muccignat and Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet make up the front row.

Valerio Bernabò captains the side and Francesco Minto (back on the pitch after having been disqualified in December) are in at lock, while Gonzalo Padrò, Benjamin Vermaak and Marco Filippucci are playing in the back row.

Starting line-up:
15 Ludovico Nitoglia
14 Benjamin De Jager
13 Ezio Galon
12 Andrea Pratichetti
11 Brendan Williams
10 Alberto Di Bernardo
9 Alberto Chillon
8 Marco Filippucci
7 Benjamin Vermaak
6 Gonzalo Padrò
5 Valerio Bernabò (captain)
4 Francesco Minto
3 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet
2 Enrico Ceccato
1 Matteo Muccignat

On the bench:
16 Diego Vidal
17 Carlo Fazzari
18 Pedro Di Santo
19 Marco Fuser
20 Enrico Pavanello
21 Simon Picone
22 Gonzalo Garcia
23 Tommaso Iannone

Head Coach: Franco Smith.


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