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Italy v Canada

The earlier kick off sees Italy (ranked 13th) take on Canada (ranked 18th). Despite increasing involvement in world rugby, both teams have in fact seen their ranking scores affected adversely since the game turned professional.  

Italy has been ranked higher than Canada more often, although there was a period of a few years early in the millennium when Canada were ranked higher.

Italy go into this game ranked higher by a reasonable margin and on a normal day one would predict them to be victorious, however Canada will be spurred on by Uruguay’s shock victory over Fiji, which has demonstrated that, a lower ranked team is more than capable of causing an upset.