Italy vs Namibia Live Stream :: The Italy will have a nice chance to open their World Cup campaign with a victory on Sunday when they are to battle group underdogs Namibia. The Italians have never gone beyond the pool phase at this competition and it is highly unlikely the 2019 edition will bring them anything different. They’ve been drawn to the same pool as the likes.
The Italians do not have the quality to hurt the better teams. Their limits were notable in the previous Six Nations Cup tournament which saw Italy lose each of five matches They lost ten of the last eleven outings in all competitions. The only victory came in a friendly against Russia (85-15).
Namibia are making their sixth successive appearance at the World Cup. However, they are still looking for their maiden win at this competition. They made it to the biggest stage tournament by winning the Rugby Africa Gold Cup. However, the World Cup is an entirely different challenge for the Africans who truly lack quality to compete against the rest of the world.
For the sake of comparison, the Namibians lost 0-20 to Russia in the Nations Cup tie this summer. They failed to pick up a single win four years ago in England in spite of having the likes of Georgia and Tonga in the same pool. Namibia conceded 174 points in four matches at the previous World Cup.
The difference in quality between the two sides is massive and we expect the Italians to win by at least 31 point difference with ease here. Such an outcome
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The alternative bet will be Over 49.5 points in the match at the same 10/11 odds. Namibia are too weak defensively and we can’t see them holding the Italians down here.
As with their yearly outings in the Six Nations, Italy head to the Rugby World Cup with little expectation hanging over their heads.
The Azzurri have failed to make any real impact on the game’s grandest stage. Although they’ve qualified for every tournament since its inception in 1987, not once have Italy progressed beyond the group stages.
They seem destined to meet a similar fate in Japan, too, having been drawn in Pool B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Namibia. In reality, Conor O’Shea’s men will be targetting a third-place finish in the group.
Italy will be hoping for a clean bill of health from Leonardo Ghiraldini who is fighting to be fit for the tournament after rupturing knee ligaments during the Six Nations earlier this year. The 34-year-old Toulouse hooker offers more than just experience but a battling presence at the breakdown.
Sergio Parisse, meanwhile, will be playing in his fifth World Cup as he once again leads out his side as captain.
Forwards: Simone Ferrari, Andrea Lovotti, Tiziano Pasquali, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni, Federico Zani, Luca Bigi, Oliviero Fabiani, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Dean Budd, Federico Ruzza, David Sisi, Alessandro Zanni, Maxime Mbanda, Sebastian Negri, Sergio Parisse (c) Jake Polledri, Abraham Steyn
Backs: Callum Braley, Guglielmo Palazzani, Tito Tebaldi, Tommaso Allan, Carlo Canna, Tommaso Benvenuti, Michele Campagnaro, Luca Morisi, Mattia Bellini, Giulio Bisegni, Jayden Hayward, Matteo Minozzi, Edoardo Padovani
Conor O’Shea. The Irishman has been fighting something of a losing battle during his time in charge of the Italians. The promise of a renaissance has always been lurking just beyond the horizon, with O’Shea unable to turn the perennial wooden spooners into a genuine European force.
Matteo Minozzi. The young full-back caught the eye at the 2018 Six Nations where he impressed with a series of dynamic attacking displays that saw him score four tries and earn a place in the team of the championship. His ability to beat a man, and proficiency in crossing the white lane, will prove invaluable for the Italians as they look to take the fight to their opponents in Japan.
The only hitch? Miozzi has been out of action since August 2018 after injuring his ACL. Last month he returned to training with Wasps, whom he signed for at the start of the year, and is set to be a part of Italy’s warm-up preparations. But given the nature of his injury, it’s unclear whether Minozzi will be able to hit the ground running come Sunday 22 September.
Italy have never progressed beyond the pool stages.
See above. 2019 won’t be any different for the Azzurri.
Matteo Minozzi in action during the Six Nations last year (Getty)
Sunday 22 September – Italy v Namibia (Osaka), 6.15am
Thursday 26 September – Italy v Canada (Fukuoka), 8.45am
Friday 4 October – South Africa v Italy (Shizuoka), 10.45am
Saturday 12 October – New Zealand v Italy (Toyota), 5.45am