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Zebre to replace Aironi in Rabo Direct Pro12


Fabio Ongaro has been named as Zebre's team manager

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Article Published: Thursday 7 June 2012


Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) have announced that the new Italian team that will replace Aironi Rugby in the Rabodirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup next season will be "Zebre" (Zebras).

"Zebre" was originally founded in 1973 as invitational club for North-Western Italy. FIR announced as well Zebre will be based and will play in Parma, at the "XXV Aprile" Stadium, which is currently being refurbished and expanded.

Technical staff
Director of rugby
: Roberto Manghi
Technical director: Christian Gajan
Coaches: Vincenzo Troiani, Alessandro Troncon
Team Manager: Fabio Ongaro
Fitness coach: Massimo Zaghini

Zebre's Director of rugby, RobertoManghi, coming from Rugby Reggio in the 2011/2012 Eccellenza championship, was general manager with Gran Parma and Rugby Parma, reaching with both clubs the Eccellenza semifinals.

Christian Gajan was indicated by Italy Head Coach Jacques Brunel and appointed as technical director: 53-years-old frenchman has a strong knowledge of the italian rugby having coached Benetton Treviso from 1998 to 2000 and VeneziaMestre in 2008/09 season.

Gajan also coached Stade Toulousain and Castres Olympique, winning the European Shield in 2003 with Castres. Gajan will be assisted by Vincenzo Troiani and Alessandro Troncon as coaches.

Troiani reached the Eccellenza semifinals as head coach in 2005/2006 season winning the Italian Cup in the same year. He then coached Italy U18 and Italy U20 and was part of the technical staff at the U20 and U18 National Academies.

Troncon, all-time most capped italian player with 101 appearances, retired in 2007 from rugby and was then appointed as Italy backs coach, position he held until the end of the 2012 RBS 6 Nations.

Fabio Ongaro, 81 times capped as hooker for Italy, announced today his retirement from rugby and was appointed Zebre’s team manager.

Massimo Zaghini, now attending Junior World Championship 2012 in South Africa with the Italian U20 team, will be the fitness and conditioning coach after covering the same position with the U20 National Academy this year and taking part in the 2011 Italy Rugby World Cup preparation as Alex Marco’s assistant.

 
 
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