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Many unchanged for starting line-up that will face Ospreys on Friday night in Parma

Guinness PRO12 Editor

3 Oct 2012

Christian Gajan, Technical Director of the Zebras, has made few changes to his side that will face reigning RaboDirect PRO12 champions Ospreys on Friday night at the stadium XXV Aprile, in the sixth round of the competition.

The good performance in Glasgow has earned the first point in the table for the new Italian franchise but it costs also in terms of injuries with several players forced out of the second home game in front of Parma's crowd. Two out of the three fly halves are out: Buso and Orquera, both with a sprained ankle. Winger Pace and flanker Cristiano won't take part in the game. Prop Perugini makes his return to Zebre side but will be on the bench. Italian international winger Venditti will start after missing the last round, while there are 12 unchanged players in the starting line-up for the challenge of the Welsh side.

Among the backs, Australian Halangahu is confirmed at full-back after his good performance in Scotland. Young winger Sarto, author of the break which resulted in Orquera’s try against the Warriors, will start from the bench with his place going to Venditti. Samoan Sinoti starts on the opposite wing. Garcia is set to lead the white & black team out at Stadio XXV Aprile in Parma.  In the halves the technical staff confirm Chillon at scrum-half with Chiesa at fly-half.

One change in the forwards from last Friday’s match line-up sees Caffini taking the place of the Turin born flanker Cristiano in the the back row. On the bench after their overall RaboDirect PRO12 debut last Friday  are prop Tripodi and scrum-half Martinelli, together with the experienced  Festuccia, Perugini and Sole. The only Parmesan born player of the Zebre’s side will be flanker Ferrarini ready to earn another cap from the bench.

Zebre Rugby XV to face Ospreys on Friday 5th October at XXV Aprile stadium in Parma. Kick off 7.05 pm local time:

14 Giovanbattista VENDITTI*
12 Gonzalo GARCIA (cap)
11 Sinoti SINOTI
10 Alberto CHIESA*
9 Alberto CHILLON*

6 Emiliano CAFFINI*
5 Michael VAN VUREN
4 Quintin Geldenhuys
2 Davide GIAZZON
1 Matias AGUERO

17 Salvatore PERUGINI
18 Flavio TRIPODI
19 Filippo FERRARINI*
20 Josh SOLE
22 Alberto BENETTIN
23 Leonardo SARTO*

Coach: Christian GAJAN

* Former member of the Italian Rugby Union academy "Ivan Francescato" of Tirrenia.

Not considered due to injury: Marco BORTOLAMI, Paolo BUSO, Nicola CATTINA, Filippo CRISTIANO, Luciano ORQUERA, Samuele PACE, Roberto QUARTAROLI*

Referee: Andrew McMenemy (SRU)
Assistant Referees: Stefano Penne, Filippo Bertelli (both FIR)
Citing Commissioner: Alberto Recaldini (FIR)
TMO: Stefano Marrama (FIR)

The game will be televised live on Sportitalia 2.