Italy vs. Australia: 5 Reasons Why the Azzurri Could Beat the Wallabies

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Italy vs. Australia: 5 Reasons Why the Azzurri Could Beat the Wallabies
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The record books say it all for Italy.

A total of 15 matches against Australia have yielded 15 defeats. However, in 2013, the two sides meet with hugely contrasting years behind them.

Italy’s fourth-place finish in the Six Nations showed their continuing improvement. Meanwhile, the Wallabies have staggered from Lions defeat to Rugby Championship misery, chopping a coach along the way and bringing in another who is far from settling on his best XV.

With some players nearing the end of their career, others lacking experience and a handful suffering dips in form, Australia are a team used to getting beaten. Italy's Aussie import Luke McLean will earn his 50th cap for the Azzurri if he plays at the weekend, and has told ESPN Scrum that the Italians can sense their chance is now.

Here are five reasons why the Azzurri could be the next team to cash in Australia's slump. 

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