Young Ulster side face seasoned internationals
Benetton v Ulster Stadio Comunale di Monigo, 3.0pm, Premier Sports
The fact that the Italian team to face Ireland in Chicago isn’t a frontline selection means that a young Ulster team face several seasoned internationals in Treviso.
Benetton coach Kieran Crowley includes Jayden Hayward, Tommaso Benvenuti, Tommaso Allan, Alessandro Zanni and Dean Budd in the starting line-up while there are several more Italian internationals on the bench.
Ireland squad members, Stuart McCloskey and Rob Herring start for an Ulster side that also contains former Ireland Under-20 international, Jack Hume, who is making his first senior appearance for the province.
Ireland Sevens international Robert Baloucoune gets his second cap after an impressive debut last week while Billy Burns returns at outhalf.
There is a slightly more seasoned look to the pack containing Ireland internationals, Herring, Marty Moore, Kieran Treadwell and Sean Reidy, alongside Springbok Marcell Coetzee. Number eight Nick Timoney has been one of the province’s standout performers but the suspicion is that Treviso might just have too much strength in depth.