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Zebre boss Christian Gajan has named his starting XV for Saturday's first ever PRO12 derby against Treviso in Parma.
After being rested for the last Heineken Cup match against Harlequins, there are several players back into the matchday 23.
Amongst the forwards, the big news is the return of Italian internationals Quintin Geldenhuys (lock) and Mauro Bergamasco (flank).
Geldenhuys is paired in the second row with Josh Sole while captain Nicola Cattina and number eight Andries Van Shalkwyk complete the back row.
Experienced prop Salvatore Perugini, hooker Carlo Festuccia and young front-rower Carlo Fazzari -who is a former Treviso player - pack down up front.
In the back-line, Luciano Orquera (fly-half) and Tito Tebaldi (scrum-half) form an Italian international half-back combination while Treviso-born Paolo Buso will partner Matteo Pratichetti in the centres.
The back three comprises of Sinoti Sinoti (full-back), Giovanbattista Venditti (right wing) and Leonardo Sarto (left wing).
Zebre were dealt a blow, however, as Australian utility back Daniel Halangahu is forced to miss the game after sustaining an injury occurred in last weekend's loss at the Stoop to Harlequins.
Meanwhile, Treviso boss Franco Smith has made one change to his starting XV after their narrow defeat to Harlequins in the Heineken Cup last weekend.
Dean Budd starts at number eight in place of Manoa Vosawai. Budd started at flank against Quins and his place on the side of the scrum is taken by Simone Favaro.
Treviso will also have plenty of ammunition on the bench with Paul Derbyshire, Kris Burton, Valerio Bernabo and Tobias Botes all capable of making an impact later in the match.
Zebre: 15 Sinoti Sinoti, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Matteo Pratichetti, 12 Paolo Buso, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Nicola Cattina (c), 5 Josh Sole, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Carlo Fazzari, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: 16 Andrea Mancini, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Michael van Vuuren, 20 Filippo Ferrarini, 21 Alberto Chillon, 22 Samuele Pace, 23 Ruggero Trevisan.
Treviso 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Christian Loamanu, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Tommaso Iannone, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Dean Budd, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (c), 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Jacobus Roux, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Valerio Bernabò, 21 Paul Derbyshire, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Kristopher Burton.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 21st December|
|16:00||Dragons vs Zebre|
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|18:45||Ulster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
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