Alessandro Zanni lunges to score for Italy during their closing Pool D win over Romania. Photograph: Reuters

Italy 32 Romania 22 With their Six Nations place under increasing scrutiny at this World Cup, Italy will have been relieved to have won their final ga(...)

Sean Lamont slides over for a score during Scotland’s 48-7 Rugby World Cup warm-up win over Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: PA

Scotland 48 Italy 7 Scotland finally injected some momentum into their World Cup preparations as they followed up last week’s win over Italy with a 48(...)

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 (...)

Zebre’s Giovanbattista Venditti scores a try during their Guinness Pro12 match against Treviso at Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma, Italy, on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Zebre 16 Benetton Treviso 26 Treviso ended their wait for a first victory of the season in any competition by winning the all-Italian Guinness(...)

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(...)