Italy defeated the US in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, 27-10. Italy got a bonus point, which sets the stage for a great match with Ireland on 2 October. My initial thought was that Ireland would make it through, but there is still work to do against Italy.
Congratulations to Italy for a great win against the US. My country's team is now out of the direct qualifying pool for the 2015 World Cup in England. It will be interesting to see how rugby progresses in the US from here.