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Zebre will be without injured fly-half Luciano Orquera for Friday's PRO12 clash with reigning champions the Ospreys at Stadio XXV Aprile.

Orquera has a sprained ankle and is replaced by Alberto Chiesa in the number 10 jersey while Giovanbattista Venditti returns on the wing.

In the only other change to Christian Gajan's starting line-up, Emiliano Caffini is included ahead of Filippo Cristiano on the blindside.

There is a great deal of movement on the bench however as Carlo Festuccia, Salvatore Perugini, Flavio Tripodi, Filippo Ferrarini, Josh Sole, Alberto Benettin and Leonardo Sarto all make the squad.

Ospreys back rowers Justin Tipuric and Joe Bearman are injury concerns and will be monitored before the trip to Italy.

Prop Adam Jones is set to make his first start of the season after making his comeback from injury against Munster last weekend.

Zebre: 15 D Halangahu, 14 G Venditti, 13 M Pratichetti, 12 G Garcia (capt), 11 S Sinoti, 10 A Chiesa, 9 A Chillon, 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 7 M Bergamasco, 6 E Caffini, 5 M Van Vuren, 4 Q Geldenhuys, 3 L Redolfini, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matias Aguero. Replacements: 16 C Festuccia, 17 S Perugini, 18 F Tripodi, 19 F Ferrarini, 20 J Sole, 21 L Martinelli, 22 A Benettin, 23 L Sarto.

Ospreys: 15 R Fussell, 14 H Dirksen, 13 A Beck, 12 A Bishop, 11 E Walker, 10 D Biggar, 9 K Fotuali'I, 1 R Bevington, 2 S Baldwin, 3 Adam Jones, 4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt), 5 Ian Evans, 6 Ryan Jones, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Jonathan Thomas, Replacements: 16 R Hibbard, 17 D Jones, 18 A Jarvis, 19 J Bearman, 20 G Stowers, 21 R Webb, 22 R Jones, 23 J Spratt

What they said...

Ospreys forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys

"I know they are bottom of the league but a couple of their games could have gone either way - the Glasgow game and certainly the defeat to Connacht," he said.

"We've gone out to Italy before and Italian sides have played particularly well against us. They are competitive, dangerous and I find them to be very inventive teams."

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Friday 19th September
Guinness PRO12
19:30Munster vs Zebre
19:35Connacht vs Leinster
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Ulster
Saturday 20th September
14:40Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow
18:00Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso
Sunday 21st September
16:00Ospreys vs Edinburgh
Friday 26th September
19:35Leinster vs Cardiff Blues
19:35Glasgow vs Connacht
19:35Edinburgh vs Scarlets
Saturday 27th September
15:00Zebre vs Ulster
18:30Munster vs Ospreys
Sunday 28th September
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 3rd October
19:35Ulster vs Edinburgh
19:35Zebre vs Ospreys
19:35Connacht vs Cardiff Blues
Saturday 4th October
18:30Leinster vs Munster
Sunday 5th October
15:00Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow
16:00Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Friday 10th October
19:35Munster vs Scarlets
Saturday 11th October
TBCBenetton Treviso vs Connacht
14:40Edinburgh vs Newport Gwent D'gons
16:00Zebre vs Leinster
17:05Ulster vs Glasgow
Sunday 12th October
16:00Ospreys vs Cardiff Blues
Friday 31st October
19:35Ospreys vs Connacht

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