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Zebre host Munster with five internationals in the 23

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

24 Mar 2017

Oliviero Fabiani

Parma, March 24, 2017 – After the conclusion of the RBS 6 Nations, Zebre Rugby will be back in action tomorrow in the Guinness PRO12 hosting Munster at the Stadio Lanfranchi in the 18th round. With six games still to play, the Parma based franchise will start this final part of the campaign with three consecutives home games, still in search of the first home win in the competition this season.

The bottom side will face the third placed Irish team who have lost away from Limerick only once time in the Guinness PRO12 this season, in the Irish derby against Leinster. In the previous nine meetings Zebre has never won against Munster, grabbing two home losing bonus points in the 2013 and 2016 games in Parma.

The Italian coaching staff can count on five Italian internationals for this game, three of them in the starting line-up: centre Boni, scrum-half Violi and flanker Mbandà. Also another three starters are available following injury: winger Van Zyl in his first game of 2017 along with the two South African back rowers Meyer and Minnie.

Other internationals in the 15 capped by Italy during the 2017 Six Nations campaign are rested tomorrow, but they will be ready for next weekends game when the Italian side will play the re-arranged Round 3 game against Connacht.

With four home games in the last six of the regular season, Zebre are still in the hunt for a Champions Cup spot trailing the other Italian side Treviso by only by two points in the table but with a game more still to play.

Here’s Zebre line-up for Saturday, March 25 match at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma for the 18th round of the Guinness PRO12 against the Irish side of Munster. Kick off at 3 pm local time:

15 Dion Berryman
14 Kayle Van Zyl
13 Tommaso Boni*
12 Tommaso Castello
11 Lloyd Greeff
10 Serafin Bordoli
9 Marcello Violi*

8 Derick Minnie
7 Johan Meyer
6 Maxime Mbandà*
5 Valerio Bernabò (cap)
4 Gideon Koegelenberg
3 Bartholomeus Le Roux
2 Oliviero Fabiani
1 Bruno Postiglioni

Replacements:

16 Sydney Tobias
17 Andrea De Marchi
18 Guillermo Roan
19 Joshua Furno*
20 Federico Ruzza*
21 Carlo Engelbrecht
22 Matteo Pratichetti
23 Guglielmo Palazzani

Coach. Victor Jimenez

Not available for selection due to injury: Faialaga Afamasaga, Kurt Baker, Mattia Bellini, Dario Chistolini, Tommaso D’Apice*, Gabriele Di Giulio*, Andrea Manici*, Jacopo Sarto, Andries Van Schalkwyk, Giovanbattista Venditti*

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

Referee: Sean Gallagher (Irish Rugby Football Union)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Correll (Irish Rugby Football Union) and Elia Rizzo (Federazione Italiana Rugby)

No live 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 #ZEBvMUN

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