Match Preview: Zebre Parma

Match Preview: Zebre Parma

Get set for Round 10 of the BKT United Rugby Championship as Edinburgh Rugby face Zebre Parma at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi tomorrow night (Friday 16 February, kick-off 7.35pm GMT/ 8.35pm local).

How to watch

The match its live on Viaplay 1 from 7pm GMT ahead of a 7.35pm GMT kick-off.

Team news

Scotland half-backs Ben Healy and Ali Price start as two of seven internationalists released for tomorrow night’s BKT United Rugby Championship clash against Zebre Parma.

Harry Paterson – who enjoyed an impressive international debut against France on Saturday – WP Nel, Glen Young and Jamie Ritchie all start in Parma, with Javan Sebastian selected among the replacements.

What’s been said

Ahead of the clash in Parma, Head Coach Sean Everitt said: “The guys have come back from a break refreshed and ready to go. It’s been good to give our bodies a rest, but the squad are now champing at the bit to get into game time.

“We name a side with plenty of quality and experience to face a Zebre Parma team who are much improved this season. With a number of our internationalists coming back into a settled squad, there is a good balance throughout the 23.

“Players like Jamie [Ritchie], Ali [Price] and WP [Nel] will be eager to impress from the get-go while we’re excited to see younger guys like Paddy [Harrison] and Nathan [Sweeney] get their opportunity from the bench.

“This is an important fixture for the club. We’ve trained well and are ready for the challenge.”

The story so far

Edinburgh Rugby currently sit in sixth place in the BKT United Rugby Championship having won six out nine games in the first half of the season.

The capital side return to league action for the first time since defeating Glasgow Warriors in front of a club-record 37,904 crowd at Scottish Gas Murrayfield in December.

Edinburgh have already claimed two road wins in the BKT United Rugby Championship so far this season, securing away day victories against Dragons RFC (Round 1) and Ulster (Round 7).

A full match-by-match review of the season so far can be viewed below.

Last time in Parma

Edinburgh Rugby secured a hard fought 19-38 win against the Italian outfit at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in October 2022. Watch highlights below:

Did you know

Zebre Parma have lost their last four BKT United Rugby Championship matches since their 22-all draw at home to Cardiff on 17 November.

Zebre have lost just two of their last five home games in all competitions.

Zebre have not beaten a Scottish opponent since a 34-16 win over today’s opponents, Edinburgh, in Parma in October 2018.

Edinburgh have won four of their last six BKT United Rugby Championship matches and have won twice away from home in the Championship this season, at Dragons in Round 1 and at Ulster in Round 7.

Edinburgh have won their last seven encounters with Zebre since the Italians victory in Parma in 2018.

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