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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

3.45pm on SS8 ITALY have an his­toric first vic­tory over a wounded Wal­la­bies side in their sights to­day but re­main wary of a back­lash fol­low­ing the Aus­tralians’ re­cent de­feat to Eng­land.

Italy’s grow­ing sta­tus in the sport was rub­ber-stamped by their im­pres­sive Six Na­tions cam­paign which fea­tured wins over France and Ire­land and a nar­row, seven-point de­feat to Eng­land.

On paper, Italy, with for­mer Per­pig­nan coach Jac­ques Brunel at the helm, could not be meet­ing the for­mer two-time World Cup cham­pi­ons at a bet­ter time.

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