Aironi make 5 changes to face Leinster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

1 Mar 2012


The clash between Aironi and top of the table Leinster opens RaboDirect PRO12 round 17. Tomorrow (Friday) evening at Stadio Zaffanella in Viadana (kick-off at 7 pm, 6 pm GMT), the Italian side looks to forget the last-minute loss suffered last Sunday against the Dragons who denied Aironi their third consecutive home win in the competition.

Aironi are forced to make 5 changes in the starting line-up from last week: two in the backs, two in the back row and one amongst the locks.

In the backline Giulio Toniolatti will start at fullback in place of Alberto Benettin, while Rugby Rovigo winger Riccardo Pavan will make his third start of the season for Aironi. The back three is completed by Samoan wing Sinoti Sinoti. No changes in the centres, with Roberto Quartaroli playing alongside Gabriel Pizarro, who collects his 40th cap for Aironi.

The same goal was reached by Tito Tebaldi one week ago. Tebaldi is confirmed at scrum-half with Naas Olivier at 10.

With Nick Williams out due to a muscular injury, Rowland Phillips is forced to make two changes in the back row. Josh Sole returns at number 8, with Simone Favaro (back from International duty) and Nicola Cattina as flanker.

Last week’s Man of the match Joshua Furno is ruled out. George Biagi will take his place in the second row aklongside Carlo Del Fava, who will return next week into the Azzurri group for the RBS 6 Nations. There are no changes in the front row, with Matias Aguero and Lorenzo Romano as props and skipper Roberto Santamaria hooking.

Luciano Orquera is back after an injury and will start from the bench. The International fly-half could be an important option from the bench for Aironi.

AIRONI: 15 Giulio Toniolatti; 14 Riccardo Pavan, 13 Roberto Quartaroli, 12 Gabriel Pizarro, 11 Sinoti Sinoti; 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 8 Josh Sole, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Nicola Cattina; 5 Carlo Del Fava, 4 George Biagi; 3 Lorenzo Romano, 2 Roberto Santamaria (cap), 1 Matias Aguero.

Replacements: 16 Fabio Ongaro, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Salvatore Perugini, 19 Luca Redolfini, 20 Filippo Ferrarini, 21 Tyson Keats, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Gilberto Pavan.
Coach: Rowland Phillips.