South Africa vs Italy in both sides third match of the Rugby World Cup. South Africa lost to New Zealand in their opening game before beating Namibia with ease. Italy have registered back to back bonus-point wins in their fist two matches against Namibia and Canada.
Their opening fixture will also be captain Sergio Parisse’s 141st appearance for Italy, leaving him just seven behind former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw’s world record of 148 international caps.
Namibia, ranked one place below Canada at 23rd in the world, have lost all 19 of their World Cup matches to date and have been on the receiving end of some of the tournament’s biggest thrashings.
Here is what you need to know ahead of the fixture.
When is the match?
The match is on Sunday 22 September.
What time is kick-off?
Kick-off is at 06.15am GMT.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on ITV One.
It will also be available to stream online at the ITV Hub.
What are the teams?
Italy: 15. Jayden Hayward, 14. Mattia Bellini, 13. Tommaso Benvenuti, 12. Luca Morisi, 11. Edoardo Padovani, 10. Tommaso Allan, 9. Tito Tebaldi, 1. Nicola Quaglio, 2. Luca Bigi, 3. Tiziano Pasquali, 4. Alessandro Zanni, 5. Federico Ruzza, 6. Braam Steyn, 7. Maxime Mbanda, 8. Sergio Parisse (c)
Namibia: Johan Tromp, Chad Plato, JC Greyling, Peter John Walters, Lesley Klim, Cliven Loubser, Eugene Jantjies; Adriaan Booysen, Muharua Katjijeko, Thomasau Forbes, Tjiuee Uanivi (captain), Johan Retief, AJ De Klerk, Louis van der Westhuizen, Desiderius Sethie.
Reserves: Obert Nortje, Andre Rademeyer, Johannes Coetzee, Prince Gaoseb, Janco Venter, Wian Conradie, Helarius Axasman Kisting, Johan Deysel.
The Springboks have made 13 changes to the side that ran out against New Zealand as Erasmus looks to keep his men fit and fresh for the latter stages of the competition. Even with a weakened team, there’s no doubt that it’d take something special from Namibia to topple the two-time world champions. Do they have it in their locker? No, probably not. A thumping win for South Africa.