Preview: Treviso v Ulster

Date published: January 29 2016

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Treviso continue their quest for a first of the season in all competitions when they host Ulster in the PRO12.

Full-back will be Jayden Hayward and on the wings Ludovico Nitoglia and Tommaso Iannone. Enrico Bacchin and Alberto Sgarbi will make up the centre partnership.

The half-backs are Alberto Lucchese at scrum-half and Sam Christie at fly-half.

The front row will consist of Alberto De Marchi, Roberto Santamaria and Simone Ferrari. Locks will be Filo Paulo and Tom Palmer.

Finally, the back row sees Andrea De Marchi, Marco Lazzaroni, and Robert Barbieri completing the XV chosen by Marius Goosen.

Meanwhile, Stuart Olding will make his first Ulster senior appearance in ten months, after being selected at inside centre for Saturday's PRO12 clash.

The Ireland international, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Cardiff last March, is one of seven changes to the side that defeated Oyonnax 56-3 in the Champions Cup last weekend.

Two Academy players, Lorcan Dow and Jacob Stockdale, are in line to make their competitive debuts for the province after being named on the replacements bench, continuing Les Kiss' policy of giving opportunities to young players.

Rob Herring has been released from the Ireland Six Nations training squad and will captain the side from hooker. Callum Black replaces Kyle McCall, who suffered concussion last week, at loosehead prop, while Ricky Lutton is retained at tighthead.

Franco van der Merwe, who signed a one-year contract extension earlier this week, will continue his second row partnership with Alan O'Connor.

Loose forwards Roger Wilson and Clive Ross are elevated to the starting XV and will be joined in the back row by Sean Reidy. Nick Williams has irritated an old groin injury and is unavailable this week.

The half-back berths will be occupied by Paul Marshall and Ian Humphreys, who has scored tries in his past two appearances.

Olding will line out in midfield alongside Darren Cave, while the back three will comprise of Craig Gilroy, Rory Scholes and full-back Louis Ludik.

Form: Treviso have not won a game in any competition since beating Cardiff Blues at Stadio Monigo last February, although they have picked up eight losing bonus points in that sequence. The Italians have not beaten an Irish province since Connacht visited them in October 2013. Ulster have won two of their last three away games in the PRO12, beating Dragons and Connacht and obtaining a losing bonus point against Leinster in the other. Ulster's only defeat to an Italian opponent since October 2011 was on a trip to Zebre in September 2014. The two sides have met on 17 previous occasions in all competitions with Treviso's solitary victory being 23-12 in Belfast in October 2011.

The teams: 

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Enrico Bacchin, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (c), 11 Tommaso Iannone, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alberto Lucchese, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 6 Andrea De Marchi, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Filo Palmer, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Roberto Santamaria, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Cherif Traorè, 18 Filippo Filippetto, 19 Jeff Montauriol, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 James Ambrosini, 22 Simone Ragusi, 23 Andrea Pratichetti

Ulster: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Rory Scholes, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart Olding, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Clive Ross, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Alan O'Connor, 3 Ricky Lutton, 2 Rob Herring (c), 1 Callum Black
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Bronson Ross, 19 Pete Browne, 20 Lorcan Dow, 21 Dave Shanahan, 22 Luke Marshall, 23 Jacob Stockdale

Date: Saturday, January 30
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Giuseppe Vivarini (Italy), Simone Boaretto (Italy)
TMO: Stefano Pennè (Italy)

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