Italy captain Sergio Parisse has hit out at World Rugby over its decision to cancel the Azzurri’s tournament-defining match against the All Blacks on Saturday.
SA Rugby magazine identifies some of the good, the bad and the ugly to take away from the Boks’ World Cup victory over Italy.
What NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about the Springboks’ comfortable 49-3 victory over Italy in Shizuoka on Friday.
Coach Conor O’Shea has recalled captain Sergio Parisse to Italy’s starting lineup for Friday’s do-or-die clash with the Springboks.
Italy coach Conor O’Shea believes his side have the ‘heart and courage’ to challenge the Springboks in this Friday’s crucial Pool B clash at the Shizuoka Stadium.
Springbok eighthman Duane Vermeulen says he is looking forward to his battle with Italian captain Sergio Parisse in Friday’s must-win Pool B encounter in Shizuoka.
Veteran No 8 Sergio Parisse will lead Italy at his fifth World Cup in Japan next month, equalling fellow Italian legend Mauro Bergamasco and Samoan Brian Lima for the most rugby World Cup appearances.
Coach Conor O’Shea has made three changes to Italy’s side ahead of their penultimate Six Nations match against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Springboks are wary of Italy’s tactics at the mauls and breakdowns following last year’s shock loss in Florence. JON CARDINELLI in Padua reports.