Italy’s Rugby World Cup campaign starts Saturday 19th September – keep up to date with all the latest news and fixtures, and check our Rugby World Cup 2015 page for more information.

Italy’s Rugby World Cup Record: P24 W9 D0 L15

1987 Pool stages
1991 Pool stages
1995 Pool stages
1999 Pool stages
2003 Pool stages
2007 Pool stages
2011 Pool stages

How they qualified: Automatically as one of the top 12 sides at RWC 2011.

Vital statistic: 455 – the number of points Italy have scored in World Cups, almost half as many as they have conceded.

Did you know? Italy have never faced France in a Rugby World Cup, despite playing in all six of the previous tournaments.

If they were a celebrity… Pamela Anderson – plenty up front but not many touches of class elsewhere

Odds: 2500-1

He's there! Damien Chouly scores France's second try. (Photo: Getty Images)

RBS Six Nations: France 23-21 Italy

Italy led for 45 minutes in all, but two long-range second-half penalties by Jules Plisson put France ahead in the last five minutes and when Italy set up a chance…

Dylan Hartley

Six Nations: 10 players with a point to prove

By Alex Shaw Coming back from a long-term injury? Looking to break into a team and fill the boots of a legend? Struggling at domestic level but given a lifeline…

Old glory: Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the Six Nations trophy last season

POLL: Who will win the 2016 Six Nations?

Time to put your national allegiances aside. A tough ask, we appreciate, but we want to know which of the RBS 6 Nations sides you genuinely believe will lift the…

Italy

Has the Great Italian Experiment failed?

I have an admission. On Saturday afternoon I passed up the opportunity of watching my local club, Stade Francais, in the Champions Cup. I went Christmas shopping instead. Unpardonable? Perhaps,…

Alessandro Zanni

World Cup 2015: Italy 32-22 Romania

Italy romped to a four-try bonus point victory at a boisterous Sandy Park on the final day of the Pool stages. Tries in the first-half by Sarto, Gori and Allan…

Sergio Parisse

Parisse out of Italy World Cup finale

One of the biggest disappointments of the World Cup will be that Italy star Sergio Parisse managed just 64 minutes during the Azzurri’s Pool D campaign. It’s no coincidence that…