Canada will face off with Italy in an upcoming Rugby World Cup fixture. The Pool B match will kick off on Thursday at 08h45 at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. In 2015 the two nations faced off in a match where Italy beat Canada 23-18. Many Canadians are looking forward to this match as a method of redemption. The great white north side set a goal of finishing in third place in the pool. This way, they would be guaranteed a place at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France and receive larger funding.
The Italian side are current leaders in Pool B due to their win over Namibia. Dean Budd will lead Italy when they play against the Canadian side in the Rugby World Cup. Looking at the world rankings, it’s safe to say that Canada has a mammoth task on its hands. When the two teams met four years ago Canada was off to a good start pushing 10-0 before Italy came biting back. In order to win this time around, the team will have to push for an even stronger start.
Will History Repeat itself at the Rugby World Cup?
Looking back at the loss incurred in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Canadian Centre, Nick Blevins, stated that the loss to Italy was ‘heart-breaking’. He further stated that it is not impossible to win against the other side and that they just needed to believe in themselves enough to win.
Conor O’Shea, Italian coach, stated that he has confidence that all the players on the roster deserve a spot in the team. He further stated that the current team is the best set of players for the match.
10 changes have been made in the Italy camp since the Namibia game. This includes Dean Budd’s captaincy as he takes over from Sergio Parisse.
The anticipated Rugby World Cup match will take place on September 25th at 08h45. Odds for Canada to win are at 8/1 with Italy at 1/20. Canadians can live stream the match on the ITV Hub platform. Or, live on ITV4.
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