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PRO 14 Preview – Zebre v Cardiff Blues


It may feel like yesterday that Leister lifted the PRO14 Trophy for last season, but this weekend we start the new season with Zebre and Cardiff kicking things off in Parma.

Both sides finished 6th in their conferences last season and an improvement will be high on their list of goals they want to get this new season.

Zebre do not want to start like last season when they lost their first six matches and where put on the back foot immediately.

The Blues did not had a better start last season, winning only the one game in their first five matches.

It will not be easy for the Blues as they start with a trip to Italy but an away win will put them in a good space early on in the competition.

For Zebre, they will have the Italian international Carlo Canna playing in the number 10 play maker roll for Zebre. He is normally playing for his national side at inside centre bit these days players in the backline can almost play evrywhere.

The Blues lock Cory Hill will captain the side for the first time since returning to his home club from Dragons.

Fellow new boy Rhys Carré lines up on the bench, while Wales star Josh Navidi misses out through concussion.


Zebre:  1. Daniele Rimpelli; 2. Oliviero Fabiani; 3. Eduardo Bello; 4. Mike Kearney; 5. Leonard Krumov; 6. Maxime Mbanda; 7. Johan Meyer; 8. Jimmy Tuivati; 9. Marcello Violo; 10. Carlo Canna; 11. Mattia Bellini; 12. Tommaso Boni; 13. Giulio Bisegni; 14. Federico Mori; 15. Junior Laloifi.

Replacements: Massimo Ceciliani, Danilo Fischetti, Giosue Zilocchi, Cristian Stoian, Lorenzo Masselli, Gugliemo Palazzani, Antonio Rizzi and Jacopo Trulla.

Blues: 1. Corey Domachowski; 2. Liam Belcher; 3. Dmitri Arhip; 4. Seb Davies; 5. Cory Hill; 6. Shane Lewis-Hughes; 7. James Botham; 8. Josh Turnbull; 9. Lloyd Williams; 10. Jarrod Evans; 11. Hallam Amos; 12. Willis Halaholo; 13. Rey Lee-Lo; 14. Josh Adams; 15. Matthew Morgan.

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Rhys Carré, Dillon Lewis, Ben Murphy, Olly Robinson, Lewis Jones, Jason Tovey and Garyn Smith.

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