The Azzurri have had a week off but Los Teros showed plenty of promise v France
Few have given either of these two sides a shot at getting out of Pool A with hosts France and New Zealand firm favourites to progress. However, Italy will be keen on upsetting one of the big two and after a week off, take on Uruguay who came close to shocking France in their opening fixture. Here are our Italy v Uruguay predictions.
Italy looked fairly fluent against Namibia in Round One but will face a sterner test from Los Teros who were many people’s surprise package from the early stages of the Rugby World Cup 2023.
Italy v Uruguay predictions
Josh Graham: Italy by 12 points. I think it’s a very big ask for Uruguay to follow that France display with the same vigour off just a six-day turnaround. Factor that in with the fact Italy have had a week off and I expect Kieran Crowley’s Azzurri to get the job done. Los Teros’ form against the hosts means this should not be a landslide so a 12-point margin feels right. Any punters/fantasy rugby players, I like Lorenzo Pani (who features in next month’s Rugby World Rising Stars section) to score from the wing.
Kick Off Time 4.45pm BST – 5.45pm Local –Wednesday 20th September
TV Channel ITV4 (UK) – How To Watch The Rugby World Cup
Venue Stade de Nice, Nice
Fun Fact: Before the tournament, this stadium had hosted just one international rugby Test match to date – a 32-3 win for France over Scotland in August 2019 in which Maxime Medard scored two tries.
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ITALY V URUGUAY HEAD-TO-HEAD RESULTS
This is the first Rugby World Cup meeting between the sides but they did play in 2021 when Italy edged a close contest 17-10.
Italy v Uruguay team news
ITALY Ange Capuozzo; Lorenzo Pani, Juan Ignacio Brex, Paolo Garbisi, Montanna Ioane; Tommaso Allan, Alessandro Garbisi; Danilo Fischetti, Giacomo Nicotera, Marco Riccioni; Niccolo Cannone, Federico Ruzza; Sebastian Negri, Michele Lamaro (captain), Lorenzo Cannone
Replacements: Luca Bigi, Federico Zani, Pietro Ceccarelli, Dino Lamb, Manuel Zuliani, Giovanni Pettinelli, Alessandro Fusco, Paolo Odogwu
URUGUAY Baltazar Amaya; Gaston Mieres, Tomas Inciarte, Andres Vilaseca (captain), Nicolas Freitas; Felipe Etcheverry, Santiago Arata; Mateo Sanguinetti, German Kessler, Ignacio Peculo; Felipe Aliaga, Manuel Leindekar; Manuel Ardao, Santiago Civetta, Manuel Diana
Replacements: Guillermo Pujadas, Facundo Gattas, Diego Arbelo, Ignacio Dotti, Carlos Deus, Agustin Ormaechea, Felipe Berchesi, Bautista Basso