Italy vs Namibia Live: Italy coach Conor O’Shea has made nine changes to his starting line-up from their last outing for Sunday’s World Cup Pool B opener against Namibia, with Sergio Parisse returning to play his 141st test. How To Watch Italy vs Namibia Rugby World Cup 2019 Live Streaming Online Free. TV Coverage, Start Time, Schedule of Play, TV Channel Info and More.
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Namibia head coach Phil Davies has elevated lock Tjiuee Uanivi to lead the team in the absence of Johan Deysel for its Rugby World Cup opener against Italy.
Namibia is participating in its sixth World Cup and scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies will feature in his fourth if he comes off the bench against the Italians in a Pool B game on Sunday at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
Center Darryl De La Harpe was selected in the centers to make his 50th test appearance for Namibia.
The squads for Sunday’s three group games are scheduled to be announced before the tournament opener between host Japan and Russia at Tokyo Stadium later Friday.
Defending champion New Zealand and two-time champion South Africa are meeting Saturday in the first of the Pool B games.
Namibia lineup: Johan Tromp, Chad Plato, Justin Newman, Darryl De La Harpe, JC Greyling, Cliven Loubser, Damian Stevens; Janco Venter, Wian Conradie, Rohan Kitshoff, Tjiuee Uanivi (captain), PJ Van Lill, Johannes Coetzee, Torsten George Van Jaarsveld, Andre Rademeyer. Reserves: Louis van der Westhuizen, AJ De Klerk, Nelius Theron, Johan Retief, Max Katjijeko, Eugene Jantjies, Helarius Axasman Kisting, Lesley Klim.
The 36-year-old loose forward will match Irish centre Brian O’Driscoll’s tally of test caps when he captains the side against Osaka in the opening match of his fifth and final World Cup campaign.
Only Brian Lima of Samoa and fellow Italian Mauro Bergamasco have played as many tournaments, while New Zealand great Richie McCaw is the only international to have played more tests, with his record tally of 148.
Italy lost 37-0 to England in their last warm-up and O’Shea has overhauled his side from that match, with 35-year-old Alessandro Zanni returning at lock in a much-altered tight five to start his fourth World Cup.
Scrumhalf Tito Tebaldi and flyhalf Tommaso Allan will be back in the halves running the backline, while speedster Matteo Minozzi and flanker Jake Polledri are kept in reserve on the bench.