With the latest signings from the southern hemisphere Super Rugby tournament announced last weekend, the italian franchise of Zebre Rugby has completed the 2014/15 squad for the third PRO12 campaign of its history.
With 12 new player additions for the upcoming season, the white & black roster will be formed by 39 players; 22 of them with at least one international cap and other young players who, thanks to the high level of the european international competitions, can aspire to become future Italian internationals as happened during Italy’s tour last June in the southern pacific with Chistolini, De Marchi and Palazzani gaining their first caps.
One new addition comes also in the coaching staff with the Argentinian former prop Victor Jimenez joining the club from the U20 Italian national team after several years as head coach in the main Italian league Eccellenza with Lazio Rugby 1927. He will pair with head coach Andrea Cavinato, ready to lead the coaching staff for the second year after gaining 5 wins and two draws in his PRO12 debut last season.
The new players arrived in Parma to start pre-season training last week, 9 of them come from the main Italian league – with four fresh Italian champions from Rugby Calvisano- while lock Bernabò is the only one to have moved from the other Italian PRO12 side Treviso. The last two additions – lock Ferreira and fullback Daniller- will join Zebre from the South African franchise of Cheetahs and will be in Parma at the beginning of August ready to take part in the training camp. From 3 to 13 August Zebre will spend 10 days in the Italian Appennini’s mountains of Castelnovo Ne’ Monti; 700 meters above sea level where the Italian North West franchise will host their first friendly of pre-season.
Prop Romano will be back in action in the Celtic tournament after his 2011/12 season spent with Aironi; 8 players will be in search of their debut in PRO12 Rugby while fly-half Haimona and centre Bisegni have already tested the Stadio XXV Aprile field last season; each as a permit player in the window of the Six Nations 2014. The most experienced new faces in the Zebre roster will be two backs: 89 times italian international Mirco Bergamasco – who will re-join his brother Mauro as in Paris at the Stade Français club in the TOP14 from 2003 to 2010 – and full back Daniller, 97 caps in Super Rugby with the Blue Bulls and the Cheetahs. Another pair of brothers for Zebre next season will be flanker Jacopo Sarto who joins his younger brother Leonardo, winger of the Parma based franchise and Italian international.
Zebre also welcomes a new technical partner: ERREA (www.errea.it) as Zebre’s new kit supplier. The Parma based company have revealed the two new jerseys for the 2014/15 campaign. The home shirt is white with the Zebre logo stripes on the bottom at the front while the away jersey is light blue with the Zebre logo on the front and zebra stripes on the back.
Zebre Rugby Squad 2014/15
Andrea DE MARCHI
Andrea LOVOTTI (Rugby Calvisano – ITA*)
Lorenzo ROMANO (Rugby Calvisano – ITA)
Oliviero FABIANI (Lazio Rugby 1927 – ITA*)
Valerio BERNABO’ (Benetton Treviso – ITA)
Andries FERREIRA (Cheetahs – SAF*)
Jacopo SARTO (Petrarca Padova – ITA*)
Adries VAN SCHALKWYK
Kelly HAIMONA (Rugby Calvisano – ITA)
Edoardo PADOVANI (Rugby Mogliano – ITA*)
Mirco BERGAMASCO (Rugby Rovigo – ITA*)
Giulio BISEGNI (Lazio Rugby 1927 – ITA)
Michele VISENTIN (Rugby Calvisano – ITA*)
Hendrik DANILLER (Cheetahs – SAF*)
Zebre Rugby Coaching Staff 2014/15
Head Coach: Andrea CAVINATO
Forwards coach: Victor JIMENEZ (Italy Rugby Union FIR U20 national team)*
Team manager: Fabio ONGARO
Video Analyst: Luca Sisti
Head of Strength & Conditioning: Silvano Garbin
Strength & Conditioning: Matteo Arbelti