Italy’s  Tommaso Allan of Italy looks to release the backs during the  World Cup Pool D match against France  at Twickenham Stadium. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The old adage that ‘if you have a reputation for getting up early you can stay in bed all day,’ is one to which the Italian backs might subscribe g(...)

Italy fullback Luke McLean: “We realise that we will have to be virtually perfect if we’re to have any chance to come away with a win.” Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

Luke McLean, Italy’s long-since naturalised Aussie who has played for his adopted country 72 times, is one of only four players in their squad born(...)

Martin Castrogiovanni has been dropped as Italy coach Jacques Brunel announced four changes for Saturday’s game against Canada at Elland Road. Photograph: Afp

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes to his team for the Rugby World Cup Pool D game against Canada in Leeds on Saturday. Props Mic(...)

France’s prop Rabah Slimani (C) rides a tackle from Italy’s back row Samuela Vunisa (2L) to score France’s first try during the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Italy at Twickenham stadium. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis

France 32 - 10 Italy It was all blue, more French blue than Italian blue, in Twickenham on Saturday night in Pool D. But it was hardly a spectacle of (...)

England fullback Mike Brown is unlikely to play again this season and is still suffering symptoms from the concussion he picked up in this tackle of Italy’s Andrea Masi during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The England fullback Mike Brown is unlikely to play again this season because he is continuing to suffer concussion symptoms two months after he wa(...)

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(...)