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Rugby: Italy eye victory over All Blacks, not dignified loss

Even world champions have weaknesses, says Mirco Bergamasco

Rugby: Italy eye victory over All Blacks, not dignified loss

Rome, November 14 - Italy do not want to make do with a dignified defeat against New Zealand on Saturday but are aiming to make sporting history by notching their first-ever victory over the reigning world champions. "We'll take the field to win, not to give a good showing," said centre-cum-winger Mirco Bergamasco on Wednesday at an Adidas event. "Taking on the best in the world gives you more desire," added the 29-year-old, who should be fit to take on the mighty All Blacks at a packed Stadio Olimpico in Rome after missing last weekend's 28-23 win over Tonga with a hamstring problem. "We know how good they are but even they have weaknesses. There aren't many of them, but they exist. We'll try to impose our rhythm on the match". The Azzurri have never beaten the All Blacks in 12 encounters although they caused them trouble the last time the teams met, a 20-6 win for New Zealand at Milan's San Siro stadium in 2009. Italy will end their November test matches on November 24 when they face Australia in Florence.

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