Friday, 1 February 2013

6 Nations Look Forward

Attention turns to the Six Nations this weekend as the 2013 edition kicks off.  Tigers have representation in the England test team, England Saxons team, Italy test team and Italy under 20s team.

On Saturday brothers Ben and Tom Youngs start for England against Scotland at Twickenham; Dan Cole and Geoff Parling also start whilst Toby Flood is named on the bench.  Cole is the most experienced player in the England starting lineup with 35 caps.  Ex-Tiger Billy Twelvetrees will make his debut at 12 after his summer move to Gloucester.

Tonight England Saxons travel to Newcastle's Kingston Park to take on Scotland 'A'.  Tigers have 5 players involved; departing George Ford starts at 10 with the impressive Graham Kitchener at lock and our Lord and Saviour JC captaining the side from number 8.  On the bench are forwards Kieran Brookes and Ed Slater.

Also tonight Italy Under 20s are at home to France's equivalents and feature young Tigers player Tiziano Pasquali at tighthead.

Martin Castrogiovanni starts for Italy at tighthead as they aim to repeat their famous 2011 victory over France.

England (v Scotland, Saturday, 4pm)
15 Alex Goode (Saracens, 6 caps)
14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 29 caps)
13 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 11 caps)
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester, uncapped)
11 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 11 caps)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 12 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 28 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 5 caps)
2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps)  
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 35 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 4 caps)

5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 12 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 13 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 12 caps)
8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester, 9 caps) 

16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 42 caps)
17 David Wilson (Bath, 22 caps)
18 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 4 caps)
19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 15 caps)
20 James Haskell (London Wasps, 45 caps)
21 Danny Care (Harlequins, 37 caps)
22 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 53 caps)
23 David Strettle (Saracens, 12 caps)

England Saxons (live on Sky Sports 2, 8pm kick-off)
15 Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
14 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
13 Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
12 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
11 Tom Biggs (Bath Rugby)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
1 Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
2 Joe Gray (Harlequins)
3 Paul Doran-Jones (Northampton Saints)

4 Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
5 George Robson (Harlequins)
6 George Kruis (Saracens)
7 Will Fraser (Saracens)

8 Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers, captain)
16 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
17 Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby)

18 Kieran Brookes (Leicester Tigers)
19 Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)

20 Jamie Gibson (London Irish)
21 Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
22 George Lowe (Harlequins)
23 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)

Italy Under 20s: 15 Angelo ESPOSITO (Benetton Treviso)*
14 David ODIETE (Zebre Rugby)*
13 Michele CAMPAGNARO (Benetton Treviso)*
12 Giovanni BENVENUTI (Marchiol Mogliano)*
11 Filippo GUARDUCCI (Marchiol Mogliano)*
10 Edoardo PADOVANI (Marchiol Mogliano)*
9 Simone MARINARO (Fiamme Oro)*
8 Maxime MBANDA’ (Rugby Grande Milano)*
7 Jacopo SALVETTI (Cammi Calvisano)* - capitano
6 Gianmarco VIAN (M-Three San Donà)*
5 Vittorio MARAZZI (Crociati Rugby)*
4 Andrea TROTTA (Nuova Rugby Roma)*
3 Tiziano PASQUALI (Leicester Tigers Academy)
2 Alain MORICONI (UR Capitolina)*
1 Sami PANICO (Mantovani Lazio)*
16 Luca CONTI (L’Aquila Rugby)*
17 Luca SCARSINI (Cammi Calvisano)*
18 Rudy BIANCOTTI (Valtellina Sondalo)*
19 Giacomo RIEDO (Zhermack Badia)*
20 Davide RIMPELLI (Crociati Rugby)
21 Marcello VIOLI (Crociati Rugby)*
22 Filippo BUSCEMA (UR Capitolina)*
23 Samuel SENO (Benetton Treviso)*

15 Andrea MASI (London Wasps, 72 caps)
14 Giovanbattista VENDITTI (Zebre Rugby, 9 caps)
13 Tommaso BENVENUTI (Benetton Treviso, 23 caps)
12 Alberto SGARBI (Benetton Treviso, 23 caps)
11 Luke MCLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 41 caps)
10 Luciano ORQUERA (Zebre Rugby, 29 caps)
9 Tobias BOTES (Benetton Treviso, 8 caps)

8 Sergio PARISSE (Stade Francais, 91 caps) – captain
7 Simone FAVARO (Benetton Treviso, 16 caps)
6 Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso, 69 caps)
5 Francesco MINTO (Benetton Treviso, 2 caps)
4 Quintin GELDENHUYS (Zebre Rugby, 33 caps)

3 Martin CASTROGIOVANNI (Leicester Tigers, 91 caps)
2 Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Benetton Treviso, 48 caps)
1 Andrea LO CICERO (Racing-Metro Paris, 98 caps)

16 Davide GIAZZON (Zebre Rugby, 5 caps)
17 Alberto DE MARCHI (Benetton Treviso, 4 caps)
18 Lorenzo CITTADINI (Benetton Treviso, 16 caps)
19 Antonio PAVANELLO (Benetton Treviso, 13 caps)
20 Paul Edward DERBYSHIRE (Benetton Treviso, 16 caps)
21 Edoardo GORI (Benetton Treviso, 19 caps)*
22 Kristopher BURTON (Benetton Treviso, 18 caps)
23 Gonzalo CANALE (La Rochelle, 77 caps)

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