Zebre Rugby left Parma this morning to make their first trip to Ireland this season.
The Italian side will face Munster in Limerick tomorrow night in the fifth round of the Guinness PRO12.
The two sides previously met during pre-season with the Munstermen beating Zebre 17-0 in August in the Waterford friendly game.
Zebre have never won in the previous eight meetings in the competition so far.
The Italian North-West franchise comes to the challenge fresh from a narrow defeat in Parma 21-23 last Saturday against the table leaders of Cardiff Blues while the Red Army will act in front of the home fans of Limerick for the second consecutive weekend after claiming five points against Edinburgh last Saturday.
Zebre coaching staff is been able to call upon some athletes not capped in the last week’s match: lock Koegelenber the only starter.
The other lock Furno – italian international signed during the summer from Newcastle Falcons- will start from the bench ready to grab in his first ever cap with the zebra striped jersey.
In the 23 squad there are also hooker Festuccia, prop Roan and the utility back Greeff all sitting on the bench.
There are a total of five changes in the starting XV from the one selected seven days ago, one only in the backs unit with international centre Castello swapping with Azzurri team mate Boni.
Three of the most capped players of the season so far will be rested: the internationals hooker Fabiani, prop Ceccarelli and flanker Mbanda.
Here’s Zebre line-up for Saturday, October 1st match at Thomond Park in Limerick (Ireland) for the 5th round of the Guinness PRO12 against the Munster. Kick off at 5 pm local time:
15 Edoardo Padovani*
14 Gabriele Di Giulio*
13 Giulio Bisegni
12 Tommaso Castello
11 Giovanbattista Venditti*
10 Carlo Canna
9 Guglielmo Palazzani
8 Federico Ruzza*
7 Johan Meyer
6 Jacopo Sarto
5 Gideon Koegelenberg
4 Quintin Geldenhuys (cap)
3 Dario Chistolini
2 Tommaso D’Apice*
1 Andrea Lovotti*
16 Carlo Festuccia
17 Bruno Postiglioni
18 Guillermo Roan
19 Joshua Furno*
20 Derick Minnie
21 Carlo Engelbrecht
22 Tommaso Boni*
23 Lloyd Greeff
Coach. Gianluca Guidi
*Former member of the Italian Rugby Union academy “Ivan Francescato” of Tirrenia.
Not available for selection due to injury: Kurt Baker, Mattia Bellini, Valerio Bernabò, Dion Berryman, George Biagi, Serafin Bordoli, Andrea Manici*, Matteo Pratichetti, Andries Van Schalkwyk, Kayle Van Zyl, Marcello Violi*
Referee: Dan Jones (Welsh Rugby Union) at his debut in the competition
Assistant Referees: Simon Rees (Welsh Rugby Union) and Dermot Blake (Irish Rugby Football Union)
No tv coverage of the game . Live text coverage of the game on www.pro12rugby.com and on Zebre Rugby twitter account with the official game hashtag #MUNvZEB
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