Italy can trouble France – Allan

Date published: September 16 2015

Italy can cause France problems on Saturday even without injured captain Sergio Parisse, according to fly-half Tommaso Allan.

The Azzurri open their World Cup campaign against the French at Twickenham on Saturday, but will be missing their inspirational captain, who injured his leg in their final warm-up game against Wales.

Les Bleus won the last meeting between the sides, 29-0 in Rome during the Six Nations, but Allan is confident that Italy will put up a better fight, and can make the last eight for the first time in their history.

"Our aim is to reach the quarter-finals," he told RMC

"We've put ourselves under pressure. Everyone says we will finish third in the ground. We think we can make the quarter-finals.

"For us (Parisse's absence) doesn't change anything. It's the same game, we have other good back rowers. He's not there physically, but he's in our minds. Every player has a responsibility. 

"Sergio has been our captain for a number of years and is a great player. But we have other people who can replace him, who can carry the ball and break the line.

"We have a game plan that can work well. We can cause France problems. We'll play but I can't say exactly what we are going to do."