In a tough group, not a lot is expected of Italy in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Italy Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
There’s more chance of them knocking down the Colosseum than winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup. They are in the group of death alongside New Zealand and South Africa so it would be surprising to see them progress.
How They Qualified
Italy were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.
No 8 Sergio Parisse is their long-term talisman but, at 36, there’s not much juice left in the tank. Matteo Minozzi embodies the brio of the younger brigade while Sebastian Negri and David Sisi are powerful forces up front.
The Coach – Conor O’Shea
The Irishman swapped Quins for the Azzurri in 2016 and has spent much of his reign deflecting criticism of the Six Nations wooden spoonists.
Keeping possession has been a thorn in their side, leading to early fatigue as they rack up the tackles. Poor finishing is another weakness but accuracy should improve as a youthful team gains Test experience.
Italy Rugby World Cup Warm-ups
- Saturday 10 August 2019: Ireland 29-10 Italy
- Saturday 17 August 2019: Italy 85-15 Russia
- Friday 30 August 2019: France 47-19 Italy
- Friday 6 September 2019: England 37-0 Italy
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Italy Rugby World Cup Group
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Italy Rugby World Cup Kit
Italy Rugby World Cup Fixtures
- Sun 22 Sep Italy v Namibia (Osaka)
- Thu 26 Sept Italy v Canada (Fukuoka)
- Fri 4 Oct South Africa v Italy (Shizuoka)
- Sat 12 Oct New Zealand v Italy (Toyota)
Winner of the past two World Cups, the…
Italy Rugby World Cup Squad
Sergio Parisse (captain)
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Previous World Cup Results and Record
Italy’s Rugby World Cup Record: P28 W11 D0 L17
- 1987 Pool stages
- 1991 Pool stages
- 1995 Pool stages
- 1999 Pool stages
- 2003 Pool stages
- 2007 Pool stages
- 2011 Pool stages
- 2015 Pool stages
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