Italy faces the All Blacks in Rome rugby match on 24 November.
The All Blacks, the reigning world rugby champions from New Zealand, face Italy's rugby team in a much-anticipated match at Stadio Olimpico at 15.00 on Saturday 24 November.
Although beaten 26-7 by Australia on 17 November, Italy will be keen to seek advantage in the fact that the New Zealand side comes to Rome bruised after its recent 16-9 defeat by world number two team Ireland.
The Dublin defeat has prompted New Zealand coach Steve Hansen to make multiple changes to his squad, retaining just four players from the starting line-up that lost to Ireland.
Italy's coach, Irishman Conor O'Shea, has also named his team. However, unlike Hansen, he has made just one change to the side that lost against Australia in Padua last week.
Incidentally, the Italian starting team on 24 November includes New Zealand-born players Jayden Hayward and Dean Budd, both of whom have been Italian rugby union players for several years.
The match is Italy's final test in the Autumn International fixtures as well as the final test between the two teams before the Rugby World Cup when Italy faces the All Blacks again on 12 October 2019 in Japan.
Cover image: Italy's Edoardo Padovani on the attack against New Zealand at the Stadio Olimpico in 2016. Photo courtesy Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR).