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Rugby World Cup briefing

Proud Conor hails big Azzurri win

CONOR O’SHEA hailed Italy’s progress after they claimed seven tries in a win over Canada. The Azzurri made it two bonus-point victories from as many Pool B matches as they followed up Sunday’s 47-22 win over Namibia. Boss O’Shea (pictured), whose side next face South Africa and New Zealand, said: ‘Four years ago in England it was 23-18 when we played Canada. Today was a huge win for us. We’ve shown great progression.’

■ JOE SCHMIDT tipped Cian Healy to shine against Japan after Yusuke Kizu accused him of illegal scrummaging. ‘It probably provides a bit of motivation for Cian,’ he said.

Results

POOL B

Italy 48-7 Canada

POOL C

England 45-7 United States

Weekend fixtures

SATURDAY

POOL A

Japan v Ireland (8.15am)

POOL B

South Africa v Namibia (10.45am

POOL C

Argentina v Tonga (5.45am)

SUNDAY

POOL D

Georgia v Uruguay (6.15am)

Australia v Wales (8.45am)