World Cup quarter-finalists Scotland are up to 11th in the latest world rugby league rankings announced on Friday.
Italy rugby league have named former Australia international Trent Barrett as successor to head coach Carlo Napolitano.
Tonga eliminated Italy from the World Cup with a 16-0 win, a result that sends Scotland through to the quarter-finals.
Italy will send Scotland tumbling out of the World Cup if they beat Tonga on Sunday.
Ben Hellewell's second try gave Scotland a 30-30 draw against Italy after another World Cup thriller at Derwent Park.
Scotland coach Steve McCormack is not surprised by Italy's impressive form over recent weeks.
Both Scotland and Italy head into their Rugby League World Cup Group C clash in good form after opening wins.
Italy made an excellent start to their World Cup campaign as they beat co-hosts Wales 32-16 at the Millennium Stadium.
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