Biarritz after morale-boosting win
January 16, 2009
Dimitri Yachvili starts for Biarritz against Calvisano © Getty Images
Calvisano host Biarritz on Saturday with the struggling French giants looking for a morale-boosting win.
The home side field an all-international midfield of Matteo Preatichetti and Garcia Gonzalo, while Paul Griffen starts at half-back. Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini sters up front alongside Hoani Tui and Ben Evans.
Biarritz include Italian international centre Andrea Masi in their starting XV, while Dimitri Yachvili partners Marcelo Bosch at half-back. Former Sale back-row Magnus Lund also makes the starting line-up.
Calvisano: Luke McLean, Ludovico Nitoglia, Matteo Pratichetti, Garcia Gonzalo, Daniele Forcucci, Gerard John Fraser, Paul Griffen, Hoani Tui, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Ben Evans, Peter Sidoli, Cameron Treloar, Alessandro Zanni, Aaron Persico, Justin Purll
Alistair McKenzie, Alejandro Moreno, Luca Beccaris, Filippo Cristiano, Pino Patelli, Nanni Raineri, Marko Stanojevic
Biarritz: Nicolas Brusque, Philippe Bidabe, Laurent Tranier, Andrea Masi, Ilikena Bolakoro, Marcelo Bosch, Dimitri Yachvili, Mosese Moala, Benoit Denoyelle, Benoit Bourrust, Manuel Carizza, César Damiani, Magnus Lund, Mohammed Dridi, Samiu Vahafolau
Benoit August, Fabien Barcella, Trevor Hall, Peïo Som, Julien Peyrelongue, Romain Cabannes, Takudzwa Ngwenya
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