Italy vs England Live Stream: this weekend after a dAisjointed, unprecedented, divided 2020 tournament was postponed in the spring. It should have wrapped up months ago, on the 14th March to be precise, but here we are, coats on, central heating up, leaves turning brown, in the depths of October waiting for a coronation.
Italy v England will kick off at 8:05pm on Saturday 31st October 2020.
This historic match will take place in Hamilton, ON at Tim Hortons Field, the home of the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and will mark the first time Italy’s senior men’s team has played an international in Hamilton.
Watch the full match the England take on Italy in Seattle in the final round of the Americas Rugby Championship.
The England Men’s National Team XVs are set to face rival-Italy in the opening round of Pacific Nations Cup 2019 this Saturday, July 27 at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO. It will be the final home game for the Eagles before the group departs for Rugby World Cup Japan in September. Kick off is set for 6 PM MT
The starting XV will see Chance Wenglewski earn his third cap at prop while Malon Al-Jiboori will claim his second cap at flanker.
England Sevens players Martin Iosefo and Madison Hughes both earn selections with Iosefo suiting up at wing and Hughes ready to jump in as a reserve. Iosefo played his last test match in June of 2017 against England while Hughes earned his last cap in XVs in July of 2017 when the Eagles defeated Italy to qualify for the upcoming World Cup.
The reserves will also see Paddy Ryan return for the first time since November of 2017 when the England faced Georgia. Alongside him will be Houston SaberCats Jamason Faanana-Schultz who could make his national team debut from the bench.
In March, the Men’s Eagles concluded the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship with a dramatic 30-25 victory over their North American rivals. In the final minute, a crucial line break by Mike Te’o put the England deep inside Canadian territory where Ruben de Haas dove over the tryline at fulltime to claim the lead and the win.
A back and forth battle through the first half allowed Italy to take a 12-15 lead at halftime, after which the Eagles rallied to come back despite a continuously competitive affair. The Canadians had managed to use Eagle penalties to maintain a favorable scoreline and put the game within two points with only minutes to spare.
The near 60-meter run by Te’o was a massive momentum change, leading the Eagles into the try zone before the Canadians held them up. It was then that a scrum allowed young scrumhalf Ruben de Haas to dummy his way around the defense and leap over the line to give the England a closing that fans were screaming for.
Saturday’s matchup will be the first of two games the England will play against Italy before Rugby World Cup. After a heavily contentious battle in March, fans at Infinity Park in Glendale can prepare for another game worth every minute of play.
The United States are currently ranked No. 15 where Italy sit at No. 21 in the World Rugby Rankings. Both teams have met 61 times in history with the Canadians owning a 38-21 advantage on the overall record and three matches ending in a draw.
As the opening round to Pacific Nations Cup 2019, the Men’s Eagles and Italy are equally anxious to get a winning start, knowing only two more games lay ahead in the competition.
Following Italy, the United States will face Samoa and Japan in Fiji.
“We’ve had a very productive month from a training perspective and we know that we will see a really well-coached and prepared Canadian side on Saturday. We know that what we saw in Seattle was only a taste of what this Italy side can do and with Rugby World Cup in the forefront of everyone’s minds this match in Glendale will be no different.
“It is absolutely critical that we remain disciplined through this game and continue to make the right decisions in tight situations. We are in every way focused on preparation for Rugby World Cup but, before that, we have four very important test matches and a responsibility to deliver a competitive performance in every one of them.”Saturday’s event will feature not one but two England-Italy matchups with the Men’s Collegiate All-American XVs kicking off against All-Canadian University XVs at 3 PM MT. The game will mark the first time the United States and Italy have met at the collegiate level, with First, Second and Third team All-Americans announced after the two-part event. Both games — collegiates and senior national teams — will be broadcast LIVE on NBC Sports Gold.
The Pacific Nations Cup is an annual tournament hosted by World Rugby that features an expanded number of teams in Rugby World Cup years, when the United States competes. Featuring six teams for 2019, nations are split into two pools where each team faces the opposing sides in the opposite group to accumulate points after each matchup. The team who finishes with the most points at the end of its three games will win the title.
Pool A features the United States, Fiji and Tonga while Pool B features Italy, Samoa and Japan. The England will face Italy first at home in Glendale, CO, followed by Samoa and Japan in Suva, Fiji to conclude its campaign.