Zanni bows out in PRO14 loss as rugby returns in Italy after six-month lockdown

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Italy veteran Alessandro Zanni played the final game of his career as Treviso lost 17-13 to Zebre on Friday in the first rugby match in the country after a six-month coronavirus shutdown.

The Azzurri's 119-cap flanker Zanni, 36, was applauded by teammates and staff with not more than 200 people authorised to be present at the the game behind closed doors at the Stadio Comunale Monigo

Neither side had anything left to play for in the penultimate round of the re-organised season, with Zebre always in control, leading 10-3 at half-time in hot conditions, to end a run of five consecutive defeats to their local rivals.

Tommaso Boni and Jimmy Tuivati both touched down for Parma side Zebre with Carlo Canna kicking five points and Antonio Rizzi two.

Treviso paid for their indiscipline and the inexperience of many young players with Joaqun Riera scoring their only try late.

Ian Keatley converted with rookie Paolo Garbisi also on target for the hosts.

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