On-form world champs New Zealand All Blacks tour to Italy Rugby in an Autumn Test Match at Rome. The All Blacks look unstoppable right now and if things stay as they are, they might be on course to retain their world championship trophy next year. However, they are not leaving anything to chance and this game against Italy will provide them with a good chance to solidify their preparations with one eye in Japan. Italy, on the other hand, will be looking for a better result against the world number ones after being humiliated at the hands of the world number twos. Learn more regarding November test preview, score predictions, key players of Italy vs New Zealand Rugby 2018.

All Blacks at Italy Rugby 2018 Vista Northern Tour Schedule, Kickoff Time, Where to live Stream Watch

As a part of the November test, All Blacks will go for the Northern tour to meet the Ital Rugby. Let’s see the schedule at a glance.

  • What: Italy vs New Zealand Rugby 2018 November Test
  • When: Saturday, 24th of November
  • Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
  • Kickoff: 14:00 GMT
  • Where To Watch: Sky Sports, Premier Sports
  • Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
  • Assistant Referees: Pascal Gauzere (France), Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
  • Television Match Officials (TMO): Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)

Italy Previous Game v Irish Rugby (54-7)

Italy’s previous match was a 54-7 drubbing at the hand of the Irish national side on the 3rd of November. Even with an inspired performance from their captain, Campagnaro, the Italians could not stop 8 Irish tries. Campagnaro scored the only Italian try that was duly converted by Canna. Ireland, on the other hand, scored tries via McGrath, Cronin, Ringrose, and Tadhg Beirne. Jordan Larmour completed a hattrick of tries to put the lead beyond Italy’s reach.

Player Replacements form Italian Side

Polledri is most likely to see off the Autumn tests with a pivotal role at the center of the Italian team. Italy will be hoping that their captain, Parisse will be fit in time to face the reigning world champions. With J. Hayward also sidelined, Padovani and Minozzi could also get a chance to feature Italy vs New Zealand Rugby 2018.

Ital Rugby Key Players to Watch

Italian interim captain Michele Campagnaro has been leading his side by example this November. He was at his brilliant best against Ireland and Georgia and he will be looking to build on those two performances in this battle against the best in the game. All eyes will be on him as he keeps his side together when they face the mighty Kiwis.

All Blacks Rugby Last Game v The Brave Blossoms Japan

In their previous game, the Kiwis totally dominated the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts by 69-31. In a highly entertaining game that saw a total of 15 tries scored. Tim Lafaele scored two tries while Anise, Tui, and Jamie Henry also crossed the line for the Japanese. On the other hand, Waisake Naholo, M. Proctor, Mo’unga, D. Coles, and Tahuriorangi scored for the Kiwis. In addition to that George Bridge scored twice while Ngani Laumape completed a hattrick of tries against the Japanese.

Player Replacements of NZ Rugby

Jack Goodhue who was sidelined due to illness is fully recovered and could feature for Italy vs New Zealand Rugby 2018 November Test. Savea could earn yet another start in this match as he is currently in a very brilliant form. Steve Hansen will name a strong side but he most likely could hand a few starts to impact players such as Scott Barrett, Todd, and R. Crotty.

Key Players of the Kiwis Side

As Read, Barrett, and Co. have been stealing headlines, one player has been quietly building himself and solidifying a claim for the Coveted All Blacks Jersey. Ardie Savea made a statement when he scored the winning comeback try in the final game of the Rugby Championship against the Boks. He carried that form into the Autumn Tests and it was evident in the opening two games. As Italy keep tabs on Barrett, they must never ignore the threat posed by Savea in open play.

Italy vs New Zealand Rugby 2018 November Test Score Predictions

These two sides have met five times in international matches with New Zealand winning all of those matches by significant margins. The most recent was a 68-10 drubbing of the Italians on the road in 2016. Alongside, the All Blacks now dominate the rugby world with beholding the top ranking. And it’s clinically proven their caliber if we notice their recent couple of titles that they managed to take their own abode. The Kiwis are in a good form right now so, the Italians won’t be able to stop their charge.

Predictions: Italy 10-57 New Zealand

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