Benetton Rugby Team Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

28 Sep 2012


Another kind of National team for Treviso, who are playing Scarlets on Saturday, in Round Five of RaboDirect PRO12.

This will be the match concluding the intense beginning of their third season in the Celtic competition.

Scarlets are the leading team, and so far, as for home matches, Treviso have always won against the Welsh Dragons. However, the match will be though because of the different positions in the league table and the need for both teams to avenge the loss against Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys.

Franco Smith, compared to last week's starting XV, changes only Tommaso Iannone, who is the only player who haven't played for Italy yet.

Lots of changes, instead, in the pack.

Lorenzo Cittadini is back as tighthead prop, while Michele Rizzo is loosehead prop.

Captain Antonio Pavanello and Valerio Bernabò are forming a completely new second row, and Simone Favaro is returning in the back row.

Referee for the match will be mr Andrew McMenemy from the Scottish Federation.

These are Franco Smith's choices:

15 Luke McLean
14 Tommaso Benvenuti
13 Alberto Sgarbi
12 Luca Morisi
11 Tommaso Iannone
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Tobias Botes

8 Robert Barbieri
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Simone Favaro
5 Valerio Bernabò
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
1 Michele Rizzo

On the bench:

16 Franco Sbaraglini
17 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet
18 Pedro Di Santo
19 Francesco Minto
20 Dean Budd
21 Paul Derbyshire
22 Fabio Semenzato
23 Alberto Di Bernardo

Head Coach: Franco Smith.

TICKETING – Tickets can be bought at all Ticketone selling points and at Benetton Rugby offices at the sporting centre "La Ghirada” until 17:00 on Friday 28th September. Ticket offices at the Stadio Monigo will be open on Saturday from 10:00 to noon, and then in the afternoon from 17:00, when also gates will open.

LIVE COVERAGE – The match will be broadcast live on Sportitalia (channel 61 of the DTT, channel 226 of Sky) with live commentary by Daniele Piervincenzi and Tommaso Visentin.

LIVE – A live text commentary will be available on Benetton Rugby Twitter Official Page and the match is also to be broadcast live on Radio VenetoUno (FM 97,5) with live commentary by Emanuele Spironello.

CORRIDOR – The teams forming the corridor outside the changing-rooms and playing at half-time are Benetton Treviso, and Rugby Educativo San Donà Under 10’s and 12’s and Junior Rugby Badia and Ruggers Tarvisium Under 12's.

EVENT SPONSOR – Event sponsor of the day will be Glen Grant, official sponsor of Benetton Rugby, who will award with special bottles the six supporters drawn, will give the ball-trophy to the RaboDirect Man of the Match and will customize the hospitality area.

HOSPITALITY – For all Benetton Rugby’s RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup matches there are some hospitality packages on sale. Visit the website, buy one of the “all inclusive” packages and make your day at the stadium a unique experience!


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