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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 2
- 20th Oct 2012
- KO 13:35
- Ground: Stadio Comunale di Monigo
- Att: 6,700
Treviso v Toulouse - Heineken Cup match preview
Toulouse have made seven changes to their starting XV for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with Treviso at Stadio Comunale Monigo.
Toulouse got their Heineken Cup campaign up and running with an impressive home victory over Leicester last weekend, but face a new test on the road in Round Two.
The four-time champions have never played Treviso in Italy, with the only previous meeting between the two teams coming in the inaugural season of Heineken Cup in 1995, with Toulouse winning 18-9 on home soil.
French international wing Yoann Huget shifts to full-back for Toulouse in the place of Clement Poitrenaud, who drops to the bench, while Fijian speedster Timoci Matanavou takes over on the left wing.
In the pack, Pumas lock Patricio Albacete makes his first start of the season after returning from international duty as Yoann Maestri is given a rest. Jean Bouilhou is preferred to Yannick Nyanga in the back row.
There is an all-new front row as manager Guy Noves rotates his squad, meaning the visitors have an all-international bench.
Meanwhile, Treviso coach Franco Smith will be looking for a response from his side after their disappointing 38-17 defeat to Ospreys in Wales last week.
The Italians have made six changes to their side, but only one of those comes in their back-line where Giiulio Toniolatti starts ahead of Ludovico Nitoglia on the right wing.
Up front, Manoa Vosawai moves from number eight to flank as Robert Barbieri returns to the starting XV at the back of the scrum.
In the second row, Francesco Minto replaces Valerio Bernabò while there are two new props as Lorenzo Cittadini and Michele Rizzo take over from Bees Roux and Alberto De Marchi.
Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Giulio Toniolatti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Tommaso Iannone, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Antonio Pavanello (capt), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Michele Rizzo
Replacements:16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 19 Valerio Bernabo, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Marco Filippucci, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Andrea Pratichetti
Toulouse:15 Yoann Huget, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Timoci Matanavou, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Jean Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Jean Bouilhou, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Romain Millo Chlusky, 3 Yohan Montès, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Jean Batiste Poux .
Replacements:16 Gary Botha, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Census Johnston, 19 Gregory Lamboley, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Yannick Jauzion, 23 Clement Poitrenaud
Date: Saturday, October 20
Venue: Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso
Kick-off: 14:35 (13.35 BST /12.35 GMT)
Referee: Leighton Hodges
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