Sergio Parisse, who  wins an Italian record 112th cap against France, Martin Castrogiovanni and Andrea Masi of Italy before the England match at at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy centre Andrea Masi has delivered a warning to France ahead of tomorrow’s Six Nations clash between the countries in Rome. The Azzurri, fresh fro(...)

Italy will be without Castrogiovanni against Scotland as he was bitten by a friend’s dog. Photograph: Twitter

Martin Castrogiovanni looks set to miss Italy’s Six Nations clash with Scotland after requiring 14 stitches when he was bitten on the nose by a friend(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster: “We’ve got two other big games but there is no doubt the game in Dublin has huge significance in relation to the championship.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

England 47 Italy 17 England’s players have been warned that significant improvement will be required if Ireland are to be beaten in the potenti(...)

Johnathan Joseph scored twice for England as they beat Italy 47-17 at Twickenham. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

England 47 Italy 17England launched World Cup year at Twickenham by sweeping Italy aside 47-17 to generate further momentum in their quest for a first(...)

Tommy O’Donnell breaks away from the Italian defence to score Ireland’s second try at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty 2:48

I start where I left off on Friday – patient play with green grass field position in mind, allied to Italy’s non-engagement in the breakdown, will pro(...)

 Tommy O’Donnell of Ireland scores the second try against   Italy at   the Stadio Olimpico   in Rome. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images 2:48

Italy 3 Ireland 26 Another performance from Joe Schmidt’s utterly efficient Ireland that leaves us knowing so much more is to still come. A(...)

Toulon’s Martin Castrogiovanni is playing much looser than previously and is nowhere near as violent in the breakdown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Image 1:20

Winners also lose – but they never give up. Ireland can – and will – continue their ascendance towards relentless improvements but, nevertheless, t(...)

The Azzurri stand for the Italian national anthem. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

You have to admire Warren Gatland’s chutzpah. No doubt he rubs up some people the wrong way, but this, of course, is also part of the plan. Unveiling (...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)