Rugby World Cup
All Blacks vs Italy
Saturday September 30th, Live From 8am
All eyes turn to Lyon as the All Blacks square off with Italy in a crunch Pool A clash which could decide the quarterfinal fates of both teams.
The All Blacks started the tournament with a 27-12 loss to host France before bouncing back to defeat Namibia 71-3 in their second game. Italy have picked up two bonus point wins in their opening two games at the Rugby World Cup. In round one, the Kieran Crowley-coached side swamped Namibia 52-8 before overcoming a first half deficit to beat Uruguay 38-17.
With three teams in Pool A now battling for the two playoff spots, bonus points become crucially important for all sides. France sits atop the pool on 13 points with one game remaining against Italy. Italy is in second place on a maximum of 10 points after their two games. The All Blacks are in third place on five points. Whether it is securing a bonus point by scoring four tries or more, or by losing by seven points or less, every competition point will be crucial as the quarterfinalists from Pool A are confirmed next weekend.
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