World ranking: 21st
Best result: Quarter-finals 1991
TAB odds: $501
Chances: With the two bottom-ranked teams grouped with arguably the world's top two teams, big scores are on offer - which is bad news for the Canadians.
Victory over the shaky Italians would be a great result.
Pool draw (NZT)
Italy v Canada, Fukuoka City, 7:45pm
New Zealand v Canada, Oita Prefecture, 11:15am (live)
South Africa v Canada, Kobe City, 11:15pm
Namibia vs Canada, Kamaishi City