Dragons v Treviso - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview

Last updated: 7th February 2013  

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Dan Evans, Jonathan Evans and Lewis Evans return to the Newport Gwent Dragons starting line-up for their RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Treviso at Rodney Parade on Friday.

Prop Nathan Buck is brought into the pack, while fellow front row Phil Price and flanker Nic Cudd earn starts after appearing on the bench in the LV= Cup clash with London Welsh last time out.

Centre Jack Dixon and No 8 Ieuan Jones both retain their places for the Dragons, who are chasing a third straight win.

Treviso welcome back-row forwards Robert Barbieri and Valerio Bernabo back into the fold, although the Italian outfit have been hit hard by international withdrawals.

Corniel Van Zyl will captain the team while Giovanni Maistri is at hooker. Former Super Rugby standout Doppies La Grange is named at outside centre.

Dragons: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Will Harries, 13 Pat Leach, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Steffan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Ieuan Jones, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans (c), 5 Adam Jones, 4 Ian Nimmo, 3 Nathan Buck, 2 Hugh Gustafson, 1 Phil Price.

Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Nathan Williams, 19 Josh Tyler, 20 Jevon Groves, 21 Wayne Evans, 22 Ashley Smith, 23 Hallam Amos.

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Christian Loamanu, 13 Gideon La Grange, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Fabio Semenzato, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Valerio Bernabo, 6 Dean Budd, 5 Corniel Van Zyl (capt), 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Jacobus Roux, 2 Giovanni Maistri, 1 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet.

Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Pedro Di Santo, 19 Enrico Ceccato, 20 Filippo Giusti, 21 Giulio Toniolatti, 22 James Ambrosini, 23 Andrea Pratichetti.

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