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Saturday February 23
KO 1:00 PM
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Stadio Comunale di Monigo,
Treviso
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MATCH REPORT

Tovey returns for Benetton clash

Fly half Jason Tovey returns to the starting line-up on the brink of making history for the region as Dragons face Benetton Rugby in the Guinness PRO14 in Italy on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 1pm UK time).

Tovey – who starts the league game just five short of 1,000 points for Dragons in all competitions – is one of four changes made by Head Coach Ceri Jones for the encounter at the Stadio Monigo.

Centre Jack Dixon is recalled to partner Tyler Morgan in midfield while full back Zane Kirchner is also named in the team.

The only change in the pack is a call-up for experienced second row forward Lewis Evans. Hooker Richard Hibbard will captain the side.

Centre Adam Warren returns among the replacements, but versatile back Jordan Williams is ruled out of the trip to Italy through injury.

“I have nothing but respect for what Benetton have done this season. They have really established themselves as a quality team,” said Jones ahead of the league clash.

“They are well drilled and if you look at their results this season, particularly over the last few months, you can see they are a very good side.

“We all know about our away record and we need to go out there and get an away win. We need to address it and get it over the line,” he added.

“We made big strides up in Edinburgh last time out, but ultimately we didn’t get it over the line. It is something we strive towards every single away game and we will travel with confidence.”

Dragons (v Benetton Rugby): Zane Kirchner, Jared Rosser, Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Will Talbot-Davies, Jason Tovey, Rhodri Williams; Brok Harris, Richard Hibbard (c), Lloyd Fairbrother, Lewis Evans, Matthew Screech, Harri Keddie, Ollie Griffiths, James Benjamin

Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Rhys Fawcett, Dan Suter, Joe Davies, Taine Basham, Rhodri Davies, Josh Lewis, Adam Warren

Treviso T C D P
1Derrick Appiah
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2Tomas Baravalle
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3Marco Riccioni
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4Irne Herbst
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5Niccolo Cannone
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6Marco Lazzaroni
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7Giovanni Pettinelli
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8Toa Halafihi
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9Dewaldt Duvenage
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10Antonio Rizzi
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11Monti Ioane
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12Alberto Sgarbi
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13Tommaso Benvenuti
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14Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara
1 -- -- --
15Luca Sperandio
2 -- -- --
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REPLACMENTS
Treviso T C D P
16Engjel Makelara
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17Alberto De Marchi
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18Giuseppe Di Stefano
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19Robert Barbieri
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20Marco Barbini
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21Giorgio Bronzini
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22Marco Zanon
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23Tommaso Iannone
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Dragons T C D P
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17Rhys Fawcett
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20Taine Basham
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