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PAOLO BUSO IS BACK MORE THAN ONE YEAR AFTER HIS LAST APPEARANCE

Guinness PRO12 Editor

4 May 2012

Tomorrow (Saturday) evening at 8,30 (7,30 GMT) Aironi end their season hosting the Ospreys. Last year the Welsh collected a 12-10 win in the final match of the regular season to qualify for the play-off. Tomorrow the story will be different, with the Ospreys already in second place and sure to play at home the semifinal next Friday.

Tomorrow (Saturday) evening at 8,30 (7,30 GMT) Aironi end their season hosting the Ospreys. Last year the Welsh collected a 12-10 win in the final match of the regular season to qualify for the play-off. Tomorrow the story will be different, with the Ospreys already in second place and sure to play at home the semifinal next Friday.

For their last match of the season, targeting the fifth win of the year and the first ever against a Welsh team, Aironi can count on Paolo Buso, back in the starting line up more than one year after his last game. Buso’s last game was on February 10th 2011 in Dublin, when he helped Aironi to collect the first point outside Italy scoring a drop goal and a penalty kick in the 21-16 loss to Leinster. After that match, a long trail of injuries occurred to the fullback, who wants to make a new start from this game. Sinoti Sinoti and Giovanbattista Venditti are the wings, while Gabriel Pizarro returns to pair with Matteo Pratichetti at centre.

In the halves Naas Olivier is at 10 with Tito Tebaldi back at scrum half, having played 4 out of last 5 matches at fullback. Being on the pitch tomorrow, Tebaldi collects his 22nd cap in as many RaboDirect PRO12 games this season and confirming himself as the most capped player in Aironi’s short history with 47 games played.

In the back row Nick Williams, after starting amongst the replacements has been back the last two games, returns at number 8 replacing Josh Sole. Simone Favaro and Nicola Cattina are the flankers. No changes in the second row, with Quintin Geldenhuys and skipper Marco Bortolami. In the front row also hooker Roberto Santamaria returns from an injury suffered in the win against Munster. Matias Aguero and Lorenzo Romano are the props.

The game will be broadcast live on BBC Wales (late broadcast at midnight on RaiSport1).

Scottish referee Neil Paterson takes charge of the game making his 40th appearance in the competition.

AIRONI: 15 Paolo Buso; 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Matteo Pratichetti, 12 Gabriel Pizarro, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti; 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 8 Nick Williams, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Nicola Cattina; 5 Marco Bortolami (cap), 4 Quintin Geldenhuys; 3 Lorenzo Romano, 2 Roberto Santamaria, 1 Matias Aguero.

Replacements: 16 Fabio Ongaro, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Salvatore Perugini, 19 Carlo Del Fava, 20 Josh Sole, 21 Tyson Keats, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Gilberto Pavan. Coach: Rowland Phillips.