At the end of the captain’s run, the Zebre coaching staff announced the starting line-up for the second consecutive away game in South Africa tomorrow night.
Zebre have been based in Port Elizabeth since Monday, where captain Castello and his team mates will challenge the Southern Kings, the Guinness PRO14 B conference side playing at Nelson Mandela Bay.
The futuristic stadium was inaugurated at the 2010 soccer World Cup, the first one organized in the African continent.
Both teams are looking to avenge three consecutive defeats and are looking for their first success in the new Guinness PRO14 competition.
In Bloemfontein, the Parma based franchise gained its first point in the A Conference thanks to the five tries scored against the Toyota Cheetahs.
Lock Andries Van Schalkwyk is in the Southern Kings roster, a former Zebra who moved to Port Elizabeth during last summer.
The South African lock is still the leading appearance maker for Zebre with 94 appearances.
Andrea De Marchi has the same amount of caps and the Italian prop can become the overall leader in the history of Zebre Rugby Club if he features from the bench.
In the starting line-up of Zebre there are 13 Italian internationals, including six who attended the Italian Rugby Union National Academy “Ivan Francescato”.
Head Coach Michael Bradley has made four changes, three in the backs and one in the pack: with tight-head Tenga at his first start with the white & black jersey.
Here’s Zebre Rugby Club line-up for Saturday, September 23 match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth (South Africa) for the 4th round of the Guinness PRO14 against the Southern Kings. Kick off at 7.35 pm local time:
15 Matteo Minozzi*
14 Giulio Bisegni
13 Tommaso Boni*
12 Tommaso Castello (cap)
11 Mattia Bellini
10 Carlo Canna
9 Marcello Violi*
8 Renato Giammarioli*
7 Giovanni Licata* (permit player from Fiamme Oro Rugby)
6 Johan Meyer
5 George Biagi
4 David Sisi
3 Roberto Tenga
2 Oliviero Fabiani
1 Andrea Lovotti*
16 Sami Panico
17 Andrea De Marchi
18 Dario Chistolini
19 Jacopo Sarto
20 Derick Minnie
21 Guglielmo Palazzani
22 Serafin Bordoli
23 Ciaran Gaffney
Coach. Michael Bradley
Not available for selection due to injury: Tommaso D’Apice*, Luhandre Luus*, Andrea Manici*, Maxime Mbandà*, Matteo Pratichetti, Riccardo Raffaele*
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