Italy 10 v All Blacks 42


Even with 14 changes the All Blacks should have no problem dismissing the Italians comfortably. Match is delayed on SuperSport 6 at 18:30.

Recent results:
2009: New Zealand won 20-6, Milan
2009: New Zealand won 27-6, Christchurch
2007: New Zealand won 76-14, Marseille (World Cup pool match)
2004: New Zealand won 59-10, Rome
2003 : New Zealand won 70-7, Melbourne (World Cup pool match)
2002: New Zealand won 64-10, Hamilton
2000: New Zealand won 56-19, Genoa
1999: New Zealand won 101-3, Huddersfield (World Cup pool match)
1995: New Zealand won 70-6, Bologna
1991: New Zealand win 31-21, Leicester (World Cup pool match)


Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Quintin Geldenhuys, 20 Mauro Bergamasco, 21 Robert Barbieri, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Luke McLean.

New Zealand: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Ali Williams, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Dan Carter, 23 Cory Jane.

Date: Saturday, November 17
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kick-off: 15.00 (14.00 GMT, 02.00 Sunday, November 18 NZ time)
Expected weather: Clear in the evening, then overcast. Winds less than 5 km/h. High of 20°C, low of 15°C
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Peter Allan (Scotland)
TMO: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

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  1. David, at least you would have enjoyed the fight the Italians put up right to the 60th minute and Kearan Read’s try? Or maybe not.

  2. Reply to Americano @ 10:01 pm: Yep, amazing, 80 000 turn up for a rugby game in a soccer mad nation. This really brings home what some were saying on another thread here. The Boks can’t afford to just win ugly as their coach seems to be content with. Spectators will vote with their feet.

    I haven’t seen the Bok v Scotland game and want be trawling the internet for it if it was so bad but was Murrayfield full for the game?

  3. Reply to out wide @ 2:57 am:

    Yep it was… it’s on now on Foxsports and I’m watching the second half and no it was not so bad considering the Scots were fired up and had 70% of the possession in the second half.

    Tactical kicking was not great without Morne in that half and there was a soft try from LO, inexperienced front-row (together) closing the game out… but with no ball just what did fans expect the Bok backs to do… Currie Cup style running?

  4. I saw Roma vs Inter Milan play there several years ago.
    The singing, the riot police, the flare and firecracker throwing – it was so awesome.
    Didn’t notice anyone drinking beer though.
    Just espressos and hash smoking.
    It just goes to show how much fun people can have when they know they don’t have to pay taxes, eat sit down meals, work 50 hour weeks.
    I’m azzure blue with envy. Sign me up