Ospreys vs Benetton Rugby: Ones to Watch

The boys travel to Treviso on the weekend to face Benetton Rugby who have had an incredible start to their season.

Here is this week’s Ones to Watch.


Malakai Fekitoa

Fekitoa was one of the standout players when the Ospreys lost in Limerick to Munster last year, and he’s already made an instant impact at his new club.

Tonga-born Fekitoa, 29, was part of the New Zealand's World Cup-winning squad in 2015 and won the last of his 24 All Blacks caps in 2017. He scored eight tries in 24 appearances for the All Blacks, which included notching a touchdown in the 21-9 victory over Ireland in Dublin in 2016.

Connor Murray referred to Fekitoa as a “ridiculous athlete”, couple that with his rugby IQ and leadership skills, Fekitoa provides a constant threat on both sides of the ball.


Jacob Umaga

Alongside Fekitoa and Udogwu, Umaga is one of three ex-wasps players that are leading the rise of Benetton. Umaga’s consistency with the boot has been a key factor behind Benetton’s good fortune this season.

Nephew of New Zealand legend, Tana Umaga, Jacob is dangerous runner who offers a lot in attack. Keep your eyes peeled for a line break from the nippy fly-half.


Michele Lamaro

Captain for Benetton and Italy, Lamaro offers vital leadership from the back row. Son of an Olympic rower, Lamaro has athleticism in his genes.

A powerful player, he is impressive on both sides of the ball and equally able at Number eight or on the flank, Lamaro has excelled at both club and international level in recent years.

At 6’2” and over 100 kegs, Lamaro is still possesses a lot of athleticism and that is a key reason why he is able to contribute so much in attack and defence.


Benetton will be at the Swansea.com Stadium next week for Round 1 of the EPCR Challenge Cup as the boys face them for a second week in succession.