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.
Iestyn Harris offered no excuses after Wales were outgunned 32-16 by Italy in their opening World Cup game.
Wales will be hoping to make a victorious return to the World Cup when they take on Italy in Cardiff on Saturday.
St Helens prop Anthony Laffranchi has been named in Italy's line-up to face Wales in their World Cup opener.
Steve McNamara has promised a quick improvement from England after they lost to Italy in their World Cup warm-up match.
England's Rugby League World Cup preparations suffered a blow with a shock 15-14 defeat to minnows Italy.
Italy will field two of Sydney Roosters' NRL Grand Final-winning team for Saturday's friendly against England.
Canberra stand-off Terry Campese has dropped out of Italy's World Cup squad.
Gareth Hock is a special player and may still have a chance to turn his rugby league career around, says Terry O'Connor.