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. Five wins and 24 defeats since RWC 2015 show the size of Italy’s task.
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 35, there’s not much juice left in the tank. Matteo Minozzi embodies the brio of the younger brigade.
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
We also believe Italy are scheduled to play warm-up matches against Russia and France but this is yet to be confirmed.
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Italy Rugby World Cup Group
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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
Italy’s Rugby World Cup training squad – * denotes uncapped players
Sergio Parisse (capt),
Abraham ‘Braam’ Steyn,
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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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