WATCH LIVE: Ancona Dolphins v. Milano Rhinos (5:45p CET, 11:45a EST)

Today, Saturday March 11, the 2016 Italian champions open their 2017 campaign inside the walls of CS Gianni Brera in Milan, Italy.

The Milano Rhinos will debut by hosting a tough opponent, the Ancona Dolphins, who are coming off an impressive Week 1 victory over the Firenze Guelfi 43-19.

The Rhinos begin amid the sesason with a lot of curiosity, particularly to see a new package of receivers led by veterans Gabriele Arioli and Giacomo Bonanno. The corps adds Thomas Pozzebon and Thomas Finadri as weapons for returning import quarterback TJ Pryor, who is in his 3rd season in Italy. In defense instead spotlight of the day on the former Roman Vikhnin in pairs with the best defender last season, Jonathan McNeal .

The Ancona Dolphins arrive in Milan motivated and high on their home success against Firenze.

Led by American quarterback Ryan Kasdorf, who threw for four touchdowns last week, Ancona wants a repeat of last year’s perfect regular season (10-0). The Dolphins lost to the Bolzano Giants in the 1st round of the 2016 playoffs. The Giants went on to Italian Bowl where they fell to the Rhinos.

The last time Rhinos and Dolphins faced each other was the April 26, 2014. Ancona won the match 40-20 in Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan.

WATCH LIVE: Ancona Dolphins v. Milano Rhinos (5:45p CET, 11:45a EST)

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