Benetton Rugby Team Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 Sep 2012


After last Friday’s 12-6 win against the Ospreys at the Stadio Monigo, Franco Smith changes eight men in tomorrow’s (Friday) starting XV.

Benetton are playing Munster on Friday at 20:00 GMT (21 Italian time) at Thomond Park in Limerick, for Round 2 of the RaboDirect PRO12.

The first change is among the backs: Brendan Williams is once again playing as fullback, with Ludovico Nitoglia and Tommaso Iannone completing the back three.

With Iannone playing winger – he played outside centre against the Ospreys, Luca Morisi can enter in the starting line-up, thus making his official debut with Treviso, after having played last season as permit player.

Following the great performance in the first match of the season, Edoardo Gori and Alberto Di Bernardo are both confirmed as half-backs.

Huge changes in the pack, where Franco Smith changes six men out of eight.

Hooker Enrico Ceccato and flanker Simone Favaro are the only two confirmed; Dean Budd (at his first seasonal appearance as first string) and Paul Derbyshire are to help Favaro in the back row.

Valerio Bernabò and captain Antonio Pavanello are back as locks, as well as Lorenzo Cittadini and Michele Rizzo are back in the front row.

Former Calvisano hooker Giovanni Maistri is likely to make his debut with Treviso starting from the bench.

The match will kick off at 20:00 Irish time, and will be broadcast live on Sportitalia 2 (channel 61 of the DTT, 226 of Sky); a live text commentary will also be available on Benetton Rugby Twitter Official Page.

Referee for the match will be Mr Andrew McMenemy, from the Scottish Federation. Mr McMenemy is at his 14th Celtic match, the third with Benetton Treviso.

Starting line-up:
15 Brendan Williams
14 Ludovico Nitoglia
13 Alberto Sgarbi
12 Luca Morisi
11 Tommaso Iannone
10 Alberto Di Bernardo
9 Edoardo Gori

8 Paul Derbyshire
7 Dean Budd
6 Simone Favaro
5 Valerio Bernabò
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Enrico Ceccato
1 Michele Rizzo

On the bench:
16 Giovanni Maistri
17 Alberto De Marchi
18 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet
19 Corniel Van Zyl
20 Robert Barbieri
21 Alessandro Zanni
22 Fabio Semenzato
23 Kristopher Burton

Head Coach: Franco Smith.