Uruguay and Italy will face off in the Rugby World Cup 2023 on September 20, 2023, at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France. The match will kick off at 17:45 local time (11:45 AM ET).
How to watch on TV
UK: ITV, S4C
Australia: Stan Sport
Italy: SKY Italia, RAI
Uruguay: ESPN LATIN AMERICA
For more TV listings, visit: Rwcglobally.com/tv-rights/
How to watch online
USA: FuboTV, SlingTV, Peacock, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Selected matches: RUGBYPASS TV
Rest of The World: Watch From Here (FREE)
Italy and Uruguay are both looking to make a strong start to their Rugby World Cup campaigns. Italy is currently ranked 12th in the world, while Uruguay is ranked 17th.
Six days following their remarkable performance in Lille, where they pushed the highly-favored France team to their limits, Uruguay is once again taking the field, this time against Italy. This match carries more significance than just the Rugby World Cup itself.
While New Zealand and France remain the strong contenders to advance from Pool A, the first phase of this year’s tournament is far from decided. However, securing a third-place finish guarantees an automatic qualification spot for the RWC 2027 in Australia, a highly coveted prize.
Expectedly, Uruguay’s coach, Esteban Meneses, has made only two changes to his starting lineup from the team that suffered a 27-12 defeat to France in Lille. German Kessler steps in as the hooker, and Gaston Mieres, a veteran of the past two tournaments, joins as a winger.
Italy, having started the tournament with a dominant 52-8 victory over Namibia, finds itself in a promising position. They have aspirations for a potential, albeit unlikely, push into the quarter-finals. This ambition underscores the importance of taking the rapidly improving South American team, Uruguay, very seriously.
Baltazar Amaya, Gaston Mieres, Tomas Inciarte, Andres Vilaseca, Nicolas Freitas, Felipe Etcheverry, Sanitago Arata; Manuel Diana, Santiago Civetta, Manuel Ardao, Manuel Leindekar, Felipe Aliaga, Ignacio Peculo, German Kessler, Mateo Sanguinetti.
Replacements: Guillermo Pujadas, Faccundo Gattas, Diego Arbelo, Ignacio Dotti, Carlos Deus, Agustin Ormaechea, Felipe Berchesi, Bautista Basso.
Ange Capuozzo, Lorenzo Pani, Juan Ignacio Brex, Paolo Garbisi, Montanna Ioane, Tommaso Allan, Alessandro Garbisi; Lorenzo Cannone, Michele Lamaro (captain), Sebastian Negri, Federico Ruzza, Niccolo Cannone, Marco Riccioni, Giacomo Nicotera, Danilo Fischetti.
Replacements: Luca Bigi, Federico Zani, Pietro Ceccarelli, Dino Lamb, Manuel Zuliani, Giovanni Pettinelli, Alessandro Fusco, Paolo Odogwu.
Italy is the favorite to win this match, but Uruguay is a dangerous team that is capable of beating anyone on its day. I predict that Italy will win by a narrow margin.