Belfast Telegraph

Olympian effort can see Ireland beat Italy

By Staff Reporter

Ireland's fans are hoping the the team can bring some of last week's Wembley magic to the East End of London for their vital match against Italy this weekend in the Rugby World Cup.

Ireland play Italy in their third match of the tournament and it's expected that - as a Six Nations team - the Italians will prove far more formidable opponents than either Canada or Romania.

Last weekend Ireland trounced Romania 44-10 in front a 90,000 crowd at the home of English football.

Ulsterman Tommy Bowe - omitted from the opening match against Canada after a run of poor form - scored two tries in the Romanian rout.

But it remains to be seen if his performance last weekend will be enough to secure him a place in the line-up against Italy.

It's the first time the Ireland team will have played in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic stadium, which is to be the future home of Premier League team West Ham United.

Victory over Italy would guarantee Ireland a place in the knock-out stages of the tournament - a week before their game against France.

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