Italy play Canada in Pool B of the Rugby World Cup at the Level5 Stadium in Fukuoka City on Thursday afternoon (local time).
This will be Italy’s second game of the tournament after they came through their opener against Namibia on Sunday with a 47-22 bonus-point win at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka in Osaka.
The Namibian part-timers, who at 23 in the world are the lowest ranked team at the tournament, took an early lead and the Azzurri had to wait until the 25th minute to finally go ahead in the game.
The Canucks, who were the last team to qualify for the Rugby World Cup 2019 finals, are ranked one place higher than the Welwitschia, so they have to have realistic targets in a group that also includes defending champions New Zealand and the highly-rated South Africans.
Canada did reach the quarterfinals of the tournament in 1991, when they lost 29-13 to the New Zealand All Blacks. Since then, they’ve only secured two wins in 16 attempts, with both victories coming against Tonga.
The Canucks have played the Italians on nine occasions in total, winning twice. The build up to the finals hasn’t been great, with the Canadians having won just two of 11 matches in 2019.
Italy vs Canada Betting Lines & Prediction
Looking at Rugby World Cup 2019 predictions for this game, although the Italians are by some distance the weakest of the Six Nations teams (Europe’s elite) in Japan, it’s asking a lot to believe that Canada can beat them.
Canada should go into their opening game with plenty of enthusiasm, so the tip is to back them on the Handicap +20.5 at -122 (1.82) with 888Sport.
Rugby World Cup Predictions: Handicap – Canada + 20.5 @ -122 (1.82) with 888Sport