18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
Italian World Cup star Rima Wakarua will spearhead Leonessa's push to become the first Italian side to reach a European final when he joins Benjamin Meyer at half-back for the first leg of the Parker Pen Shield semi-final against Montpellier in France on Friday night (kick-off 7.30pm local time).
Fellow Azzurri international Giuseppe Lanzi will lead the Leonessa side from second row as they seek to give their fans something to shout about in their first season in European rugby.
Leonessa: F Zitelli; M Madigan, M Colosio, S Arboit, E Federzoni; R Wakarua, B Meyer; J-P Coletti, D Porrino, I Rouyet, E Podesta, G Lanzi (captain), M Foschi, C Bonetti, J Gonzalez.
Replacements: M Pereyra, R Denhardt, D Kingi, J-M Soffredini, T Luke, D Pastormerlo, A Cavalleri