Darragh Fanning scores a try for Leinster as they come back to beat Wasps in their  European  Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Leinster merely won a must-win match to launch their latest European campaign, and there was merit and satisfaction to be(...)

 Tommaso Allan will start at outhalf for Italy in their  Six Nations opener away to Wales on Saturday. Photograph:  Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Treviso winger Angelo Esposito will make his international debut when Italy begin their Six Nations campaign with a daunting trip to Cardiff to take o(...)

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(...)