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.

Key Players

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.

Live wire: Matteo Minozzi is the best of a new brigade of Italian rugby players (Getty Images)

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.

Criticised: Conor O’Shea has spent much of his time deflecting it away (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

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 v Italy, Aviva Stadium, kick-off TBC

Friday 6 September 2019: England v Italy, St James Park, Newcastle, 7.45pm

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

Italy are in Group B with New Zealand, South Africa, Namibia and Canada.

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Italy Rugby World Cup Fixtures

One sided: Italy and the All Blacks are in the same group, and last played each other in 2016 (Getty Images)

Italy Rugby World Cup Squad

Italy’s Rugby World Cup training squad – * denotes uncapped players

Forwards (26):

Sergio Parisse (capt),
Simone Ferrari,
Andrea Lovotti,
Tiziano Pasquali,
Nicola Quaglio,
Marco Riccioni*,
Cherif Traore,
Federico Zani,
Giosue Zilocchi,
Luca Bigi,
Oliviero Fabiani,
Leonardo Ghiraldini,
Engjel Makelara*,
Dean Budd,
Marco Fuser,
Federico Ruzza,
Dave Sisi,
Alessandro Zanni,
Renato Giammarioli,
Marco Lazzaroni,
Giovanni Licata,
Maxime Mbanda,
Seb Negri,
Jake Polledri,
Abraham ‘Braam’ Steyn,
Jimmy Tuivaiti

Backs (18):

Callum Braley*,
Guglielmo Palazzani,
Tito Tebaldi,
Marcello Violi,
Tommaso Allan,
Carlo Canna,
Ian McKinley,
Tommaso Benvenuti,
Michele Campagnaro,
Tomasso Castello,
Luca Morisi,
Marco Zanon,
Mattia Bellini,
Giulio Bisegni,
Angelo Esposito,
Jayden Hayward,
Matteo Minozzi,
Edoardo Padovani

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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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