Match Preview | Zebre v Ulster

Match Preview | Zebre v Ulster

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Match Previews

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s United Rugby Championship Round 2 trip to Parma where the Ulster men will take on Zebre…


  • Competition: United Rugby Championship, Round 2
  • Venue: Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
  • Date: Saturday 2 October
  • Kick-off: 5:15 pm (UK/IRE Time)
  • Match Officials: Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU) Assistant: Clara Munarini, Luca Trentin (both FIR) TMO: Wayne Davies (WRU)
  • Live TV: Premier Sports (How to watch Ulster in the URC)
Second row, Alan O’Connor will captain the side with 19-year-old scrum-half, Nathan Doak making his first competitive start for Ulster.


And here is how Zebre will line up…

  1. Junior Laloifi, 14. Gabriele Di Giulio, 13. Giulio Bisegni (C), 12. Tommaso Boni, 11. Asaeli Tuivuaka, 10. Carlo Canna, 9. Alessandro Fusco, 8. Giovanni Licata, 7. Potu Junior Leavasa, 6. Maxime Mbandà, 5. Leonard Krumov, 4. David Sisi, 3. Matteo Nocera, 2. Luca Bigi, 1.Danilo Fischetti

Replacements: 16. Oliviero Fabiani, 17. Andrea Lovotti, 18. Ion Neculai, 19. Andrea Zambonin, 20. Renato Giammarioli, 21. Guglielmo Palazzani, 22. Antonio Rizzi, 23. Jacopo Trulla


  • Overall URC head-to-head record: Played 15, Zebre won 2, Ulster won 13.
  • Zebre have lost their last nine United Rugby Championship matches since beating Dragons 26-15 in Parma in February.
  • Zebre have not beaten an Irish Province since a 19-11 victory over Connacht in Galway in February 2018.
  • Ulster have won their last two United Rugby Championship matches, both against Scottish opponents, Edinburgh in last year’s Rainbow Cup and Glasgow at Kingspan Stadium last weekend.
  • The Ulster men have lost only once to an Italian opponent since September 2014: 23-27 against Zebre in Parma in September 2017.
Last Time Out
The two sides last met at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in March where Ulster powered to a 3-49 victory over Zebre.


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