The Lions who will take the field in Edinburgh

The Lions who will take the field in Edinburgh

New trip to Scotland for Benetton Rugby. The green-and-whites are ready to leave for Scotland again: tomorrow evening, Friday 24 November at 8.35 pm, the green-and-whites visit the Hive Five Stadium in Edinburgh for Round 6 of the URC 2023/2024.


The Lions head onto the field of a very dangerous team. The men from the Scottish capital have collected 17 points after five games, the result of four wins and one defeat, and come from two consecutive home victories against Connacht and Bulls. The Scots are fifth in the rankings, tied with Munster. The green and whites are in eighth place with 14 points and have accumulated three wins, a draw and their first defeat of the season in Glasgow last Saturday. Tomorrow there will be an important match for the ranking of two teams that are part of the same Italian-Scottish shield.



There are 23 precedents between the Treviso franchise and the team from the Scottish capital: 10 victories for the Lions and 13 defeats.



Tomorrow the South African Aimee Barrett-Theron will direct the match, who will be assisted by the two Scottish assistants Ian Kenny and David Sutherland. At the TMO the South African Marius van der Westhuizen.



For the second consecutive away match on Scottish soil, the coaching staff directed by Marco Bortolami opted for some changes, taking into account the injuries that occurred a week ago at the Scotstoun Stadium. Rhyno Smith returns at fullback . Right wing Paolo Odogwu closes the widened triangle and Ignacio Mendy returns on the left . In the center space from the 1st minute to Marco Zanon assisted by the return of Malakai Fekitoa . Scrum-half Andy Uren returns to the starting midfield , alongside Jacob Umaga as the opener.


In the green and white pack on the front line there is Thomas Gallo as left prop and the right prop is Giosué Zilocchi , with Giacomo Nicotera taking over as heel . Second line with two changes: with Edoardo Iachizzi here is Eli Snyman . In the third row the two flankers are Alessandro Izekor and captain Michele Lamaro . Lorenzo Cannone returns as number 8 .


Benetton Rugby :

15 Rhyno Smith (37)
14 Paul Odogwu (2)
13 Malakai Fekitoa (3)
12 Marco Zanon (70)
11 Ignacio Mendy (14)
10 Jacob Umaga (21)
9 Andy Uren (4)
8 Lorenzo Cannone (29)
7 Michele Lamaro (C) (56)
6 Alexander Izekor (18)
5 Eli Snyman (30)
4 Edoardo Iachizzi (3)
3 Giosué Zilocchi (4)
2 Giacomo Nicotera (35)
1 Thomas Gallo (43)


Available: 16 Bautista Bernasconi (8), 17 Mirco Spagnolo (4), 18 Tiziano Pasquali (121), 19 Riccardo Favretto (28), 20 Toa Halafihi (60), 21 Henry Time-Stowers (17), 22 Sam Hidalgo -Clyne (8), 23 Giacomo Da Re (11).

()= presences in green and white.


Head Coach : Marco Bortolami.

Unavailable : Tomas Albornoz, Simone Ferrari, Alessandro Garbisi, Siua Maile, Tommaso Menoncello, Sebastian Negri, Onisi Ratave, Joaquin Riera, Scott Scrafton, Nahuel Tetaz, Manuel Zuliani.


Referee: Aimee Barrett-Theron (SARU)

Assistants: Ian Kenny (SRU), David Sutherland (SRU).

TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU).


LIVE – The match can be followed verbatim on the official Benetton Rugby Twitter page with the hashtag #EDIvBEN. The match will be broadcast live on Sky Go and on live TV on Sky Sport Arena (channel 204).

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