World ranking: 14th
Qualification: Third in 2015 pool
Best result: Pool stage
TAB odds: $501
Chances: Their presence in the Six Nations championship hasn't really produced the desire improvement in Italy's international standing.
The draw hasn't done them any favours - they won't progress against New Zealand and Australia, but need wins against Namibia and Canada to keep face.
The Italian talisman for the last two decades, Parisse has long been considered one of the best loose forwards in world rugby. Unfortunately, his swansong won't be a happy one, given the tough pool his side find themselves in.
Absolute pace to burn, Minozzi could be on the wishlist of many a big-spending European club when the tournament ends. Minozzi's play is very similar to that of Israel Dagg - big boot, great step and superb under the high ball.
Forwards: Simone Ferrari, Andrea Lovotti, Tiziano Pasquali, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni, Federico Zani, Luca Bigi, Oliviero Fabiani, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Dean Budd, Federico Ruzza, David Sisi, Alessandro Zanni, Maxime Mbanda, Sebastian Negri, Sergio Parisse, Jake Polledri, Abraham Steyn.
Backs: Callum Braley, Guglielmo Palazzini, Tito Tebaldi, Tommaso Allan, Carlo Canna, Tommaso Benvenuti, Michele Campagnaro, Luca Morisi, Mattia Bellini, Giulio Bisegni, Jayden Hayward, Matteo Minozzi, Edoardo Padovani
Pool draw (NZT)
Italy v Namibia, Higashiosaka City, 5:15pm
Italy v Canada, Fukuoka City, 7:45pm
South Africa v Italy, Shizukoa Prefecture, 10:45pm (live)
New Zealand v Italy, Toyota City, 5:45pm (live)