At 3pm on Saturday 29th December, Benetton Treviso play against Zebre in the return match of the Italian derby.
Franco Smith almost confirms the backs, where the only difference with last week’s side is Tobias Botes, who is starting at half-back, thus moving Edoardo Gori to the wing, and Kris Burton, who plays at fly-half.
In the pack, there are many changes.
Paul Derbyshire is back as first string flanker and also Robert Barbieri is back, after recovering from the injury suffered in November during the test against Australia.
Francesco Minto has been confirmed as lock, but is playing together with Valerio Bernabò. Leonardo Ghiraldini, who played his 50th game with the green and white jersey – jersey that will be worn again after the three matches with the orange one – is confirmed as captain, while Bees Roux and Matteo Muccignat are to join him in the front row.
15 Luke McLean
14 Ludovico Nitoglia
13 Christian Loamanu
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Edoardo Gori
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Tobias Botes
8 Robert Barbieri
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Paul Derbyshire
5 Valerio Bernabò
4 Francesco Minto
3 Jacobus Roux
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (captain)
1 Matteo Muccignat
On the bench:
16 Enrico Ceccato
17 Michele Rizzo
18 Lorenzo Cittadini
19 Corniel Van Zyl
20 Dean Budd
21 Simone Favaro
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 December. Ticket offices at the Stadio Monigo will be open on Saturday from 10:00 and gates will open at 13:00.
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 Andrea Gritti.
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, Rugby Villorba and Ruggers Tarvisium Under 10’s and 12’s.
EVENT SPONSOR – Event sponsor of the day will be Glen Grant, official sponsor of Benetton Rugby, who will award 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 elletravel.it, buy one of the “all inclusive” packages and make your day at the stadium a unique experience!