Biarritz v Zebre - Heineken Cup match preview
Last Updated: 20/10/12 5:19pm
Biarritz have made five changes to their starting XV for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with Zebre at Parc des Sports Aguilera.
The Basques lost their opening Pool Three clash against Harlequins and have promoted French internationals Damien Traille and Raphael Lakafia up from the bench, while also recalling hooker Benoit August and fly-half Jean-Pascal Barraque.
Traille returns at inside centre, moving Seremaia Burotu to 13, as Dane Haylett-Petty drops out of the matchday 22. Barraque takes over from Peyrelongue in the pivot role.
Amongst the forwards, Raphael Lakafia replaces Talalelei Gray at number eight. Arnaud Heguy, who scored a try against Quins, drops to the bench to accommodate August.
In the second-row, Pelu Taele is preferred to Thibault Dubarry. On the bench, Argentina centre Marcelo Bosch is back following international duty.
Zebre are still chasing their first victory in any competition and have made five changes to the team that lost to Connacht last week.
Wing Sinoti Sinoti is a notable injury absentee, giving Matteo Pratichetti a chance to start. Fly-half Luciano Orquera makes his first start of the campaign as does flanker Filippo Ferrarini.
Biarritz: 15 Iain Balshaw, 14 Taku Ngwenya, 13 Seremaia Burotu, 12 Damien Traille, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Raphael Lakafia, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Magnus Lund, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Erik Lund, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Benoit August , 1 Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: 16 Arnaud Heguy, 17 Thomas Synaeghel, 18 Eugene van Staden, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 Benoit Guyot, 21 Julien Peyrelongue, 22 Marcelo Bosch, 23 Benoit Baby.
Zebre: 15 Ruggero Trevisan, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Gonzalo Garcia, 12 Daniel Halangahu, 11 Matteo Pratichetti, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Luca Martinelli, 8 Dries van Schalkwyk, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Filippo Ferrarini, 5 Mike Van Vuren, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Luca Redolfini, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 David Ryan, 18 Carlo Fazzari, 19 Emiliano Caffini, 20 Filippo Cristiano, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Alberto Benettin, 23 David Odiete.
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