Italy will be hoping that a couple of solid performances at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan can change their fortunes after a torrid 2019 – which has seen only one win.
They should be in a better place after taking part in the Six Nations for the best part of 20 years. But, the truth his they have never really progressed during this time, and have constantly struggled to build a squad with real depth.
Conor O’Shea took over head coach duties in 2016 and has tried just about everything to change their fortunes to no avail. With outgoing Captain, Sergio Parisse taking part in a record-equalling fifth World Cup, they will have the added motivation of giving him the send-off he deserves.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Preview – Can Italy make the quarter-finals?
It is always going to be difficult for any rugby nation to progress from a pool that features both the All Blacks and South Africa. Italy will be targeting their games against Namibia and Canada for wins, and hope that the giants of the group don’t run in too many tries.
The Azzurri have constantly underperformed since the last World Cup and it is difficult to see where their real threats come from. They always play with the heart and passion you expect from an Italian team, but more often than not come out on the wrong side of results.
Head coach Conor O’Shea always has a tactical trick or two up his sleeve and he will be hoping that a positive showing in the tournament will result in a new contract. Look out for the likes of Michele Campagnaro, Matteo Minozzi and Callum Braly to create an attacking spark during this edition of the Rugby World Cup.
Review of Italy’s Group Matches
Italy vs Namibia: Italy has an easy game to open their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign, against Namibia’s the Welwitschias. The Azzurri should have too much in all areas of the pitch and win comfortably.
Italy vs Canada: This is one of those games that could be difficult to predict. Italy should win, but Canada has a habit of disrupting teams and getting in their faces. The Azzurri is low on confidence and the Canucks will be out for a European scalp.
Italy vs South Africa: The Springboks are a formidable side at the moment and Italy will have to work hard to reduce a big losing margin. The Azzurri have a very leaky in defence and the Sprinboks have many weapons to persistently unlock it.
Italy vs New Zealand: There is no bigger game in world rugby than the one against the All Blacks. Italy has suffered some very heavy defeats to Steve Hansen’s men over the years, and this shouldn’t be any different.
How to stream every Italy game at The Rugby World Cup 2019™
Kayo Sports will have every match of The Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. You’ll also get access to a range of great features, including SplitView (which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices) as well as No Spoilers (hides the scores) and Key Moments (lets you jump to the most important moments of the match – available for selected sports and matches), all of which greatly enhance the viewing experience for those watching on-demand.
Take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out The Rugby World Cup 2019™ fixture list below. You can then start streaming team Italy rugby live to a variety of eligible devices, also listed below.
Please note: Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Kayo service available in Australia only.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Yes||2017 and later models|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
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What time do Italy Play? Live TV Fixtures
TV fixtures are shown as Sydney time, so you may need to adjust the hour depending on where you live. The Rugby World Cup 2019™ on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each game – so you will need to consult your Kayo TV listings during the tournament for exact times.
Italy Group Games Live TV (Sydney time)
|Sun 22 Sept||Italy vs Namibia||3:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Thu 26 Sept||Italy vs Canada||5:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 4 Oct||Italy vs South Africa||7:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 12 Oct||Italy vs New Zealand||2:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 19 Oct||England v Australia||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sat 19 Oct||New Zealand v Ireland||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 20 Oct||France v Wales||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sun 20 Oct||Japan v South Africa||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 26 Oct||Semi Final 1||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 27 Oct||Semi Final 2||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 1 Nov||Bronze Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 2 Nov||Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|