September 20, 2019 / 12:21 PM / 2 months ago

UPDATE 1-FACTBOX-Rugby-World Cup-Italy v Namibia

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    Sept 20 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Rugby World Cup Pool B
fixture between Italy and Namibia:
    Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
    Sunday, September 22 at 2.15pm local time (0515 GMT)
    Italy have lost 10 of their previous 11 tests but are heavy
favourites to get their Rugby World Cup campaign off to a
positive start when they take on African minnows Namibia at
Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka on Sunday.
    The Italians have been to every previous World Cup but never
advanced from the pool stages, and with defending champions New
Zealand and South Africa to come in Pool B, this is a must-win
    Italy will be led by 36-year-old number eight Sergio
Parisse, who earns a 141st cap and becomes only the third player
to appear at five World Cup tournaments after Samoan Brian Lima
(1991-2007) and compatriot Mauro Bergamasco (1999-2015).
    Namibia are seeking a first ever World Cup win at the 20th
attempt. They have steadily improved down the years with the
2015 tournament their best performance yet in terms of most
points scored and least conceded.
    That was also achieved under Welsh coach Phil Davies and he
believes they are fitter and better prepared for this
tournament, and ready to surprise Italy.
    Namibia will be without captain and centre Johan Deysel, who
has a shoulder problem, while they will also hand a late fitness
test to wing Lesley Klim. 

    World ranking: 14
    Coach: Conor O'Shea (Ireland)
    Captain: Sergio Parisse
    Team: 15-Jayden Hayward, 14-Mattia Bellini, 13-Tommaso
Benvenuti, 12-Luca Morisi, 11-Edoardo Padovani, 10-Tommaso
Allan, 9-Tito Tebaldi, 8-Sergio Parisse, 7-Maxime Mbanda,
6-Braam Steyn, 5-Federico Ruzza, 4-Alessandro Zanni, 3-Tiziano
Pasquali, 2-Luca Bigi, 1-Nicola Quaglio
    Replacements: 16-Oliviero Fabiani, 17-Simone Ferrari,
18-Marco Riccioni, 19-Dean Budd, 20-Jake Polledri, 21-Guglielmo
Palazzani, 22-Carlo Canna, 23-Matteo Minozzi.
    World ranking: 23
    Coach: Phil Davies (Wales)
    Captain: Tjiuee Uanivi
    Team: 15-Johan Tromp, 14-Chad Plato, 13-Justin Newman,
12-Darryl De La Harpe, 11-JC Greyling, 10-Cliven Loubser,
9-Damian Stevens, 8-Janco Venter, 7-Wian Conradie, 6-Rohan
Kitshoff, 5-Tjiuee Uanivi, 4-PJ Van Lill, 3-Johannes Coetzee,
2-Torsten George Van Jaarsveld, 1-Andre Rademeyer
    Replacements: 16-Louis van der Westhuizen, 17-AJ De Klerk,
18-Nelius Theron, 19-Johan Retief, 20-Max Katjijeko, 21-Eugene
Jantjies, 22-Helarius Axasman Kisting, 23-Lesley Klim.
    Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
    Assistants: Nigel Owens (Wales), Federico Anselmi
    TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
    POOL B FIXTURES (date/opponent/venue)
    Sept 26   v Canada         Fukuoka
    Oct 4     v South Africa   Fukuroi
    Oct 12    v New Zealand    Toyota
    Sept 28   v South Africa   Toyota 
    Oct 6     v New Zealand    Tokyo 
    Oct 13    v Canada         Kamaishi

 (Compiled by Nick Said and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru,
Editing by William Maclean)
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