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02nd March 2012 11:39

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SKY_MOBILE Ben Blair

Ben Blair: Back in the starting line-up

Gareth Baber and Justin Burnell have made five changes to the Cardiff Blues team to face Treviso in a RaboDirect Pro12 clash on Saturday.

Full-back Ben Blair and centre Ceri Sweeney are promoted to the starting line-up at the expense of Tom James and Gavin Henson.

James is forced to contend with a spot on the bench while Henson falls out of the squad completely. Chris Czekaj moves to the wing to accommodate Blair's arrival.

Up front, T Rhys Thomas and Sam Hobbs pack down at hooker and prop respectively with Ryan Tyrell and John Yapp dropping to the bench.

Number eight Xavier Rush has recovered from illness and replaces Maama Molitika who is riding pine this week.

Meanwhile, Treviso are boosted by the return of scrum-half Fabio Semenzato who starts as captain alongside former Stormers fly-half Willem de Waal. Otherwise they are completely unchanged from the XV that lost against the Scarlets last Thursday.

Form: Benetton Treviso have lost their last four matches in the RaboDirect PRO12 since their 37-14 home win over Aironi on New Year's Eve. The Italians are unbeaten in their last three home games against Welsh regions in all competitions. Cardiff Blues' three game winning run ended narrowly in Munster on Friday. The Blues have not been victorious away from home in the RaboDirect PRO12 since a trip to Connacht on 29 October. Cardiff Blues have never lost to an Italian opponent in any competition. Treviso have lost all three previous encounters with the Blues.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Ludovico Nitoglia, 14 Benjamin De Jager, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Andrea Pratichetti, 11 Brendan Williams, 10 Willem De Waal, 9 Fabio Semenzato (capt), 8 Marco Filippucci, 7 Gonzalo Padṛ, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Pedro Di Santo, 2 Diego Vidal, 1 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Augusto Allori, 18 Carlo Fazzari, 19 Valerio Bernaḅ, 20 Enrico Pavanello, 21 Simon Picone, 22 Ezio Galon, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Ben Blair, 14 Richard Mustoe, 13 Gavin Evans, 12 Ceri Sweeney, 11 Chris Czekaj, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Richie Rees, 8 Xavier Rush, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Michael Paterson, 5 Paul Tito (c), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Tyrell, 17 John Yapp, 18 Ryan Harford, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Maama Molitika, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Harry Robinson, 23 Tom James.

Date: Saturday, March 3
Kick-off: 16:30 (15:30 GMT)
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Referee: David Wilkinson
Assistant Referees: Giuseppe Vivarini and Stefano Roscini
TMO: Mauro Dordolo

  • Treviso Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
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 TrevisoCardiff Blues vs Treviso Preview
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
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
  • Treviso Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , November 23
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Friday , October 31
Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton Treviso
More Guinness PRO12 results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton Treviso
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 10
Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht
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  • Table
Pool 5
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Racing Metro Paris28
2Northampton25
3Ospreys25
4Treviso20