Italy coach John Kirwan is adamant that his team can match England when they face the world champions at Twickenham on Saturday.
Despite the Italians losing their opening three games in this year's RBS 6 Nations tournament, their coach maintains the belief that his side are capable of causing an upset.
Kirwan and his team could not be facing England at a better time, as Andy Robinson's men have also failed to register a win in this season's competition, and are missing a number of key men through injury.
Kirwan has thrown his backing behind his team, who have never won an away game in the RBS 6 Nations.
''This is the best side I've ever had going to Twickenham," Kirwan told BBC Sport, "It's the most complete we've ever been.
''We know it's a big ask but we're going out there to give it our best shot.''
''We've moved on a lot as a side from last year, which makes it all the more frustrating that we've not picked up a win.
''Our scrum and lineout has vastly improved and we're a match for any side in the world, the world champions included.''
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