BENETTON RUGBY TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Guinness PRO12 Editor

17 Feb 2012

A month after the game against the Saracens, Benetton Treviso are coming back to their home ground for Round 15 of the RaboDirect PRO12: tomorrow (Saturday), they are playing against the reigning champions, Munster.

A month after the game against the Saracens, Benetton Treviso are coming back to their home ground for Round 15 of the RaboDirect PRO12: tomorrow (Saturday), they are playing against the reigning champions, Munster.

The match will kick-off at 16:15 at the Stadio Monigo. Ticket offices will open at 10:30, and the gates will be open by 14:00.

Silvano Focarelli will broadcast the match live on Radio VenetoUno (FM 97.5), while at 19:30 the match will be broadcast recorded on RaiSport, with commentary by Riccardo Pescante and Andrea Gritti.

The match referee will be Mr Neil Hennessy from the WRU. The teams greeting Benetton Treviso and Munster before kick-off will be Petrarca Padova and Amatori Rugby Vicenza Under 10 and 12.

Franco Smith has, as usual, prepared carefully for this difficult game against the Irish team putting in the starting XV some players already seen in the Leinster game, but also some new faces.

The Head Coach has also at disposal five of the 15 players committed to the RBS 6 Nations Tournament.

The change in the backline is not only the return of Tommaso Iannone as a starter, but also that of centre Alberto Sgarbi, who reaches his 99th cap with the Treviso team.

But there are also other players who will reach an important milestone in their commitment with Benetton Treviso:
before the kick-off, Augusto Allori will enter the pitch alone to celebrate his 100th cap reached in Swansea against the Ospreys.

And also the Italo-Argentinean prop Pedro Di Santo will reach his 150th cap.

With him, in the front row, will be Matteo Muccignat and hooker Franco Sbaraglini.

The locks will be the experienced pair of Antonio Pavanello and Corniel Van Zyl, and Marco Filippucci, Benjamin Vermaak and Paul Derbyshire will play in the back row.

The big changes compared to the latest match, are the half-backs: Fabio Semenzato will be the scrum-half and Willem De Waal will be the fly-half.

Starting line-up:
15 Ludovico Nitoglia
14 Tommaso Iannone
13 Ezio Galon
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Brendan Williams
10 Willem De Waal
9 Fabio Semenzato

8 Marco Filippucci
7 Benjamin Vermaak
6 Paul Derbyshire
5 Corniel Van Zyl
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Pedro Di Santo
2 Franco Sbaraglini
1 Matteo Muccignat

On the bench:
16 Enrico Ceccato
17 Augusto Allori
18 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet
19 Valerio Bernabò
20 Gonzalo Padrò
21 Gonzalo Garcia
22 Edoardo Gori
23 Alberto Di Bernardo

Head Coach: Franco Smith.