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17th February 2012 13:26

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Ronan OGara Munster v Northampton 12/11/2011

Ronan O'Gara: Back to call the shots for Munster

Munster head to Treviso on Saturday with their trio of internationals back in the saddle fresh from Six Nations duty.

The defending champions welcome back fly-half Ronan O'Gara, lock Donnacha Ryan and flanker Peter O'Mahony, all of whom immediately start.

There are also two new arrivals on the bench as Felix Jones features for the first time since suffering a foot injury in August while Tommy O'Donnell returns having last played in December.

Treviso pulled off an incredible shock last season when they beat the Munstermen in Italy and Franco Smith's men will be hoping to repeat the feat this weekend.

Smith has made a host of changes for the clash, perhaps most importantly in the half-backs where Willem De Waal and Fabio Semenzato come in at nine and ten respectively.

Elsewhere in the back-line, Tommaso Iannone replaces Benjamin De Jager on the wing.

It's all change in the pack, with an all-new second row in Corniel Van Zyl and Antonio Pavanello. Paul Derbyshire takes over the number six jersey from Gonzalo Padṛ who drops to the bench. Up front, prop Pedro Di Santo and hooker Franco Sbaraglini join Matteo Muccignat in the front row.

Form: Benetton Treviso have slipped to four straight defeats in all competitions but at least did win their most recent home game in the RaboDirect PRO12: 37-14 over Aironi on New Year's Eve. Treviso's two victories over Irish provinces this season have both come away from home! Munster will hope for better luck on this trip to Italy than last week, when their clash at Aironi was postponed due to snow and frost in Viadana. Munster's solo defeat in their last seven matches in all competitions was 17-33 at Ulster on 30 December. The Munstermen have lost their last four away games in the RaboDirect PRO12 since their 18-13 victory at Cardiff Blues on 23 September. Treviso won this equivalent fixture last season - their only previous win over Munster.

The teams:

Benetton Treviso: 15 Ludovico Nitoglia, 14 Tommaso Iannone, 13 Ezio Galon, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Brendan Williams, 10 Willem De Waal, 9 Fabio Semenzato, 8 Marco Filippucci, 7 Benjamin Vermaak, 6 Paul Derbyshire, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (captain), 3 Pedro Di Santo, 2 Franco Sbaraglini, 1 Matteo Muccignat.
Repalcements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Augusto Allori, 18 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 19 Valerio Bernaḅ, 20 Gonzalo Padṛ, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Munster: 15 Denis Hurley, 14 Johne Murphy, 13 Danny Barnes, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ronan O'Gara, 9 Tomas O'Leary, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Peter O'Mahony, 6 Dave O'Callaghan, 5 Mick O'Driscoll (capt), 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Damien Varley, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Denis Fogarty, 17 Marcus Horan, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 B Holland, 20 Tommy O'Donnell, 21 D Williams, 22 S Deasy, 23 Felix Jones.

Date: Saturday, February 18
Kick-off: 16:15 (15:15 GMT)
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Referee: Neil Hennessey

  • Treviso Fixtures
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European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , December 6
Benetton Treviso vs Northampton13:00
Saturday , December 13
Northampton vs Benetton Treviso15:15
Saturday , January 17
Racing Metro 92 vs Benetton TrevisoTBC
Saturday , January 24
Benetton Treviso vs OspreysTBC
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Friday , December 19
Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Saturday , December 27
Zebre vs Benetton Treviso16:00
Saturday , January 3
Benetton Treviso vs ZebreTBC
Saturday , January 10
Benetton Treviso vs UlsterTBC
Wednesday, January 14
Ulster vs Benetton TrevisoTBC
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  • Treviso Results
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Sunday , November 23
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Friday , October 31
Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton Treviso
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European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton Treviso
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Friday , October 10
Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso 23 - 40 Glasgow
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  • Table
Pool 5
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PosTeamPPts
1Racing Metro Paris28
2Northampton25
3Ospreys25
4Treviso20