Leonardo Ghiraldini: one of several Italian internationals set to leave Treviso at the end of the season. Photograph: Inpho.

Despite their own threats to the contrary and the proposal to form a new regional franchise in their stead, none too surprisingly it transpires(...)

Ireland’s Brian O'Driscoll sits on the sideline after being sin-binned in the first half of the game against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland succumbed to a first defeat to Italy in the Six Nations after an indisciplined afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico when the injury jinx th(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

Castrogiovanni, whose mooted move from Leicester Tigers to Toulon has seemingly fallen through, was forced off in the first half at Twic(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

As anticipated, Jacques Brunel has decided not to risk Italy ’s iconic and talismanic prop Martin Castrogiovanni or flanker Robert Barbieri, al(...)

Toby Flood runs into Italy’s Gonzalo Canale and Sergio Parisse at Twickenham. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

You would hardly call this a classic Six Nations season but the final duel promises to be fascinating. Assuming, that is, England arrive(...)

Toby Flood runs into Italy’s Gonzalo Canale and Sergio Parisse at Twickenham. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

You would hardly call this a classic Six Nations season but the final duel promises to be fascinating. Assuming, that is, England arrive(...)