Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
My goodness there is intrigue all over this match. Forget that Italy will probably lose. Take in that the worlds two best number eights, Read for New Zealand and Parisse for Italy, will clash. Not to mention the formidable Italian pack, rarely subdued by any time. Italy won’t match the All Black backline but they could well dominate the forwards.
GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-New Zealand 1st, Italy 10th
IRB Ranking Points
New Zealand 92.91, Italy 76.61
Prediction: New Zealand by 40 points