Ange Capuozzo and the Squadra Azzurra begin their Rugby World Cup! Follow the match live

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Italians and Namibians will meet each other this Saturday, September 9 (13.00) in the second meeting of Group A – France.

Italy, drawn in the France-New Zealand group, begin their World Cup campaign this Saturday, September 9 in Saint-Etienne in Group A with a seemingly easy clash against Namibia, and success is imperative to keep their dreams of the quarters alive.

The Namibians have never won a match in six appearances at the World Cup. If the latter engage in rugby purely based on the physical challenge, like their South African neighbours, a resurgent Italy in recent months appear to have more than enough reserves to cope. She has had a pretty convincing warm-up and her backline star Ange Capouzo (Stade Toulouse) appears to be free of the recurring injuries that blighted her last season.

Italy as a whole, which will face the world’s best countries every year, unlike an opponent that lacks a stable confrontation to progress, will experience a new round of preparation in their second meeting with Uruguay.

Then it will be time to dream of a feat against New Zealand or France, the ogres of the group. Until she first gets lost in the Namibian desert.

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