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At Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, Sunday 15 April, Kick-off: 14.05
Scarlets will be confident of boosting their play-off hopes when they take on rock-bottom Aironi in RaboDirect PRO12 action.
The Welsh team, who are five points behind Munster and Glasgow Warriors, require a bonus-point win to cut the gap to the play-off spots.
Aironi are targeting a fifth win this season, and the first one against a Welsh club, after previously beating Edinburgh, Treviso, Connacht and Munster.
Full-back Tito Tebaldi makes his 20th appearance for the Italians while wings Giulio Toniolatti and Sinoti Sinoti and centres Gilberto Pavan and Matteo Pratichetti complete the three-quarter line.
In the half-backs, Luciano Orquera (who needs one more points to reach 100 points scored in all competitions this season) pairs up with scrum-half Tyson Keats.
Up front, Josh Sole is back at number eight to partner Simone Favaro and Nicola Cattina in the back row.
In the second row Aironi can count on Quintin Geldenhuys and captain Marco Bortolami, whilst the front three comprises experienced prop Matias Aguero, hooker Fabio Ongaro and young tighthead prop Lorenzo Romano.
Wales centre Jon Davies will captain the Scarlets for the first time. Dom Day comes back into the second row with Aaron Shingler who returns from a toe injury and, in an unchanged back row, Josh Turnbull is named as vice-captain.
Young Wales and Scarlets Prop Rhodri Jones moves from loosehead prop last weekend to give him an opportunity at tighthead, furthering his development and experience as a key front row player for the future.
"We know this is a must-win game for us out in Italy and the boys have been frustrated after their performance in Brive last weekend in the quarter-final," said Scarlets coach Nigel Davies.
"This is a time or them to get some momentum back and we know we are still in with a fighting chance with our league campaign."
Aironi: 15 Tito Tebaldi; 14 Giulio Toniolatti, 13 Gilberto Pavan, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Sinoti Sinoti; 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tyson Keats; 8 Josh Sole, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Nicola Cattina; 5 Marco Bortolami (cap), 4 Quintin Geldenhuys; 3 Lorenzo Romano, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 1 Matias Aguero. Replacements: 16 Tommaso D'Apice, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Salvatore Perugini, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Nick Williams, 21 Filippo Ferrarini, 22 Naas Olivier, 23 Giovanbattista Venditti.
Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Nick Reynolds, 12 Jon Davies (c), 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Johnathan Edwards, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Aaron Shingler, 3 Rhodri Jones,2 Ken Owens, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: Matthew Rees, Peter Edwards, Simon Gardiner, Mat Gilbert, Kieran Murphy, Stephen Jones, Viliame Iongi.
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|TBC||Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Ulster|
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|Saturday 13th September|
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|TBC||Edinburgh vs Connacht|
|TBC||Ulster vs Zebre|
|TBC||Leinster vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow|
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|Saturday 20th September|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ulster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Munster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Connacht vs Leinster|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 27th September|
|TBC||Leinster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Munster vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Ulster|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Connacht|
|Saturday 4th October|
|TBC||Leinster vs Munster|
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