ZEBRE RUGBY starting XV for Edinburgh game on friday

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 Sep 2012

Zebre Rugby have announced their starting XV that will take on Edinburgh in the 3rd round of the RaboDirect PRO12 Friday at Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Several changes to the starting XV from last week decided by the technical staff directed by Christian Gajan. A first ever cap in Zebre shirt for Pratichetti and for Australian utility back Halangahu who joined the Italian franchise from NSW Waratahs of Super Rugby. First selection on the bench for full-back Buso and young parmesan hooker Manici.

Italian international lock, Quintin Geldenhuys, will be Zebre’s skipper for the game in substitution of injured Garcia.

Zebre Rugby XV to face Edinburgh at Murrayfield stadium Friday 14th September. Kick off 7.30 pm local time (no tv coverage)
15 Sinoti SINOTI
14 Giovanbattista VENDITTI*
13 Matteo PRATICHETTI
12 Daniel HALANGAHU
11 Ruggero TREVISAN*
10 Alberto CHIESA*
9 Tito TEBALDI

8 Andries VAN SCHALKWYK
7 Mauro BERGAMASCO
6 Emiliano CAFFINI*
5 Josh SOLE
4 Quintin GELDENHUYS
3 Luciano LEIBSON
2 Carlo FESTUCCIA
1 Andrea DE MARCHI

Replacements :
16 Andrea MANICI*
17 Matias AGUERO
18 Luca REDOLFINI
19 Filippo CAZZOLA*
20 Filippo FERRARINI*
21 Alberto CHILLON*
22 Paolo BUSO
23 Alberto BENETTIN*

Not considered due to injury : Marco BORTOLAMI, Nicola CATTINA, Gonzalo GARCIA, Roberto QUARTAROLI*, Michael VAN VUREN

*Former member of the Italian Rugby Union (FIR) academy “Ivan Francescato” of Tirrenia

Christian Gajan, technical director of the franchise: "This week we worked a lot on the effectiveness of our game: in this moment is what we're missing. In the first two games we lost too many balls that we had cleverly obtained. For this game we decided to select players who have played less, in order to grow our youngsters"
Alessandro Troncon, backs coach : "The challenge we’ll face is more difficult than last Friday. Edinburgh has reached the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup last season, while Italian teams never made it even to the quarters. It will therefore be tough and we need all the enthusiasm possible. But I am happy with what I saw in Parma against Connacht”.

Vincenzo Troiani, forwards coach: "In Scotland I expect a tough game. Edinburgh did not deserve to lose at home against Munster and Friday made even better by winning in Cardiff. We’ll find a strong and fierce team. We'll try to make a step ahead of the game against Connacht. We certainly did better than Newport but we think they are needed more steps forward in order to be competitive in Edinburgh."