England v Wales at Twickenham (World Cup, Pool A)
South Africa v Samoa in Birmingham (World Cup, Pool B)
Italy v Canada in Leeds (World Cup, Pool D)
England v Wales and South Africa v Samoa reviewed elsewhere on this blog
Italy v Canada
This will be a very difficult pool for Italy to qualify from for the quarter finals. They are up against France and Ireland. To have any chance they will need to score bonus points against Canada. This they can do but I expect Canada to put in a tough performance against Italy, sniffing weaknesses in the Italian play and hoping for the second major upset in this tournament. Although it will be close I don’t expect Italy to lose.
Prediction: Italy by 10 points. Score 23-13