Tomorrow at 19.35 at RDS Arena of Dublin, Benetton Rugby start the season against the Leinster Rugby.
The whites are coming off two victories and one defeat, obtained respectively in the three pre-season friendlies match against Grenoble , Zebre and Leicester Tigers .
Eight new faces in the 23 Leoni chosen by coach Crowley for the first match of the Lions, 5 will be in the XV that will take the field from the first minute and 3 ready to take over from the bench.
Full back will be Jayden Hayward, on the wings Angelo Esposito and Andrea Buondonno. Tommaso Benvenuti and Luke McLean will be respectively right and left centre.
The half backs are Giorgio Bronzini at scrum half and Tommaso Allan at fly-half.
The front row will consist of Nicola Quaglio, Ornel Gega and Simone Ferrari.
Locks will be Marco Fuser and Filo Paulo. Finally, the back row sees Francesco Minto, Marco Lazzaroni and captain Alessandro Zanni completing the XV chosen by Crowley.
Benetton Rugby: 15 Jayden Hayward,14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Andrea Buondonno, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Alessandro Zanni ( C ), 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Nicola Quaglio.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Santamaria, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Dean Budd, 20 Marco Barbini, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 David Odiete
Unavailable: Robert Barbieri, Filippo Filippetto, Davide Giazzon, Jeff Montauriol, Luca Morisi, Michael Tagicakibau, Tito Tebaldi, Cherif Traorè, Abraham Steyn
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