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Connacht v Zebre – Galway Sportsground

Saturday 7th September 2013 Kick Off 17:00
This will be the first of four meetings with Zebre this season, and despite being relatively new to professional rugby, they are already familiar opponents, having also played Connacht four times last season. The next meeting will be the Heineken Cup clash in Parma on October 19th, with good deals to be had on flights and accomodation for those planning to travel. See the Parma link in the Match Travel section for details.

Zebre Stats

  • Founded: 1973 (Formed as Professional Team in 2012)
  • History: 1973 – 1997 Invitational Selection for North West Italy.
  • Ground: Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma
  • Capacity: 3,500
  • Captain: Marco Bortolami
  • Director of Rugby: Roberto Manghi
  • Rabo Direct Pro 12 League Position 2012/13: 12 th Points 10
  • Heineken Cup: 4 th in Pool 6 Points 1
  • ERC European Ranking 35th (1 pt)
  • Last Friendly Result
  • Mogliano 5-28 Zebre
  • Next League Fixture:
  • Friday 13th September 2013 19.30 (local time) Zebre v Munster @ Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma

Heineken Cup (Pool 3)

  1. Saracens
  2. Toulouse
  3. Connacht
  4. Zebre

Players In

Dario Chistolini (Gloucester) (Prop)
George Biagi (Bristol) (Lock)
Samuela Vunisa (Calvisano) (Back Row)
Brendon Leonard (Waikato Chiefs)(Scrum Half)
Guglielmo Palazzani (Calvisano) (Scrum Half)
Tomasso Iannon (Treviso) (Wing / Out-Half)
Giulio Toniolatti (Treviso) (Wing)
Kameli Ratuvou (Saracens) (Wing)
Dion Berryman (I Cavalieri Prato) (Full Back)

Players Out

Flavio Tripodi (Released) (Prop)
Josh Sole (Bay of Plenty Steamers) (Back Row)
Nicola Belardo (Calvisano) (Back Row)
Tito Tebaldi (Ospreys) (Scrum Half)
Luca Martinelli (Fiamme Oro Rugby)(Scrum Half)
Daniel Halangahu (Narbonne) (Out Half)
Alberto Benettin (Released) (Out Half / Centre)
Alberto Chiesa (Calvisano) (Centre)
Samuele Pace (Rugby Colorno) (Centre)
Sinoti Sinoti (Wellington) (Wing)

Previous Meetings

March 1st 2013 2013 Rabo Direct Pro 12:
Connacht 23-19 Zebre
Connacht succeeded in winning their third RaboDirect Pro 12 game on the trot when they out-fought Italian visitors Zebre last evening.
As expected against these gritty Italians, it was hard fought, with long periods in the game on a knife edge, but Connacht wrested control in the final 10 minutes to claim their seventh win of the season and their fourth over the Parma side.
Connacht coach Eric Elwood said having already beaten the side three times this season, there was huge expectation on Connacht.

January 18th 2013 Heineken Cup Pool 6:
Connacht 25-20 Zebre

Connacht completed a hard earned 25-20 win again Zebre as they wrapped up the Heineken Cup pool stages with a third victory.
The first half at the Sportsground passed with few incidents of note, Connacht gaining the upper hand thanks to three penalties and a drop goal from Dan Parks.
Eric Elwood's men led 12-6 at half-time, with Daniel Halangahu landing a penalty double for Zebre.
A penalty try should have inspired further tries from the home side, but Halangahu's boot closed the gap for the Italians and winger Ruggero Trevisan's well executed try set up a tense conclusion at 19-17.
Halangahu's fifth penalty goal had Zebre 11 minutes away from a famous first win, however Parks split the posts on two more occasions for a handsome 20-point haul.
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October 13th 2012 Heineken Cup Pool 6:
Zebre 10 – 19 Connacht
Connacht opened their 2012/13 Heineken Cup campaign with a 19-10 victory away to Italian side Zebre. A second half try from Man of the Match John Muldoon along with 14 points from the boot of Dan Parks secured the win for Eric Elwood’s men.
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September 7th 2012 Rabo Direct Pro 12:
Zebre 17 – 30 Connacht
Connacht got their first Rabo Direct Pro12 campaign up and running with victory against Zebre in Italy on a 30-17 scoreline. 
Tiernan O'Halloran, George Naoupu and Mike McCarthy all went over for tries to set Eric Elwood's side on their way.
Miah Nikora kicked three penalties and three conversions to seal the success.
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