Forwards: Matias Aguero, Martin Castrogiovanni, Dario Chistolini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Michele Rizzo, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Davide Giazzon, Andrea Manici, Valerio Bernabo, Joshua Furno, Marco Fuser, Quintin Geldenhuys, Mauro Bergamasco, Francesco Minto, Sergio Parisse (c), Samuela Vunisa, Alessandro Zanni.
Backs: Edoardo Gori, Guglielmo Palazzani, Marcello Violi, Tommaso Allan, Carlo Canna, Tommaso Benvenuti, Michele Campagnaro, Angelo Esposito, Gonzalo Garcia, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Luca Morisi, Leonardo Sarto, Giovanbattista Venditti.
Form: Narrowly avoided the Wooden Spoon in this year's Six Nations and will view that as a solid overall effort. Still battling for parity with the top European powers, and will in truth be hard pushed to progress from this group.
Captain: Sergio Parisse. The peerless number eight just keeps on churning out sublime performances, even when surrounded by mediocrity. The Stade Francais star is now 31 but has excelled in the Test arena for more than a decade.
Star player: Parisse again. Repetition is discouraged in such bite-size guides, but Parisse is simply so much better than his Azzurri peers there can be no other stand-out choice. The skill-set of a Test centre with the street-smarts of a seasoned back row.
World Cup history: The Azzurri have never progressed beyond the pool stages in the seven tournaments to date, though have won two games at the last three competitions.
Italy’s Pool D fixtures:
Sat 19 Sept FRANCE v ITALY (Twickenham, 8pm)
Sat 26 Sept ITALY v CANADA (Elland Road, 2.30pm)
Sun 4 Oct IRELAND v ITALY (Olympic Stadium, 4.45pm)