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Connacht v Zebre

Guinness Pro 12 Round 8

Friday 21st November 2014 19:35 On TV: TG4 / Nuvolari

After a 3 week break from Pro 12 action, Connacht will hope to continue their positive home form against Zebre. After a couple of disappointing performances away from home Connacht will be aware of the importance of bouncing back against an improving but understrength Zebre side.

Other Match Stats
Connacht have won all 8 previous meetings between the two sides
Connacht picked up a 4 try bonus point in their last meeting with Zebre, the only one they have picked up in the 8 fixtures
Zebre are averaging 12.5 points per game with an average concession of 25 points per game in the league to date.
Zebre have never won in their 14 previous visits to Ireland

Zebre Stats
Founded: 1973
Ground: Stadio XXV Aprile
Capacity: 3,500
Coaches: Andrea Cavinato
Captain: Gonzalo Garcia

Pro 12 Position 2013/14: 12th P:22 Points:29
Pro 12 Position 2014/15: 11th P:7 Points:5
Heineken Cup 2013/14: 4th in Pool 3 Points: 0
Challenge Cup: 2014/15: 3rd in Pool 5 Points: 4

Previous Fixtures 
Scarlets 28-13 Zebre (Pro 12 Round 7)
Brive 21-26 Zebre (Challenge Cup Round 2)
Zebre 24-33 Oyonnax (Challenge Cup Round 1)
Zebre 3-20 Leinster (Pro 12 Round 6)
Zebre 14-15 Ospreys (Pro 12 Round 5)

Next Fixture:
Saturday 29th November Zebre v Edinburgh @ 16.00 (local time) @ Stadio XXV Aprile

European Rugby Challenge Cup Standings (Pool 5)
Gloucester 9
Oyonnax 4
Zebre 4
Brive 1

Zebre Ins and Outs 2014/15
Players In

Giulio Bisegni from Lazio Rugby
Hennie Daniller from Cheetahs
Andries Ferreira from Cheetahs
Andrea Lovotti from Calvisano
Kelly Haimona from Calvisano
Jacopo Sarto from Petrarca Padova
Lorenzo Romano from Calvisano
Michele Visentin from Calvisano
Valerio Bernabò from Benetton Treviso
Edoardo Padovani from Mogliano
Mirco Bergamasco from Rovigo Delta
Oliviero Fabiani from Lazio Rugby

Players Out
Dave Ryan to Ulster
Salvatore Perugini retired
Paolo Buso to Rugby Olympique de Grasse
Emiliano Caffini to Rovigo Delta
Nicola Cattina released
Filippo Cazzola to Fiamme Oro
Roberto Quartaroli to Viadana
Kameli Ratuvou released
Ruggero Trevisan to Benetton Treviso
Michael van Vuuren to Mogliano
Davide Giazzon to Benetton Treviso

Previous Meetings
Sunday 23rd February 2014
Zebre 19-27 Connacht

Saturday 11th January 2014
Connacht 20-3 Zebre

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