Wales wing George North runs in their fifth try during the Six Nations  match against  Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Wales 67 Italy 14 Wales secured runners-up spot in this season’s Six Nations Championship after running riot against outclassed visitors Italy in Car(...)

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes from his side that lost to Scotland.

Rookie outhalf Edoardo Padovani has earned the right to leapfrog Kelly Haimona and lead Italy’s backline against Ireland on Saturday, according to he(...)

Italy’s Mattia Bellini and Gonzalo Garcia in action against Scotland’s Stuart Hogg in Rome. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Captain Greig Laidlaw kicked Scotland to a 36-20 victory over Italy in a ferocious Six Nations match in Rome on Saturday, their first victory in the (...)

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(...)

Gonzalo Garcia of Italy goes over for a try during the  Rugby World Cup Pool D match against  Canada at Elland Road  in Leeds. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Italy 23 Canada 18 Italy squeaked past a determined and inventive Canada at Elland Road to keep alive their hopes in Pool D at the Rugby World Cup. T(...)

Acting Italy captain Leonardo Ghiraldini believes it will be tough to beat Canada. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

Italy v Canada, Elland Rd, Saturday, 2.30 (TV3, ITV) The most pertinent aspect of the build-up to this match from an Irish perspective is that (...)

Sergio Parisse faces a battle to return to fitness for the start of the Rugby World Cup after undergoing an operation to removed fluid from his left leg. Photograph: Getty

Italy talisman Sergio Parisse faces a World Cup fitness fight after having fluid drained from his left leg. The Stade Francais number eight had an ope(...)

Matt Healy crosses to score one of Connacht’s tries in their 40-10 win over Zebre in Parma. Photograph: Inpho

Zebre 10 Connacht 40 Connacht live to fight another day for Champions Cup qualification after a comprehensive victory over Zebre at Stadio Serg(...)

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 (...)

France’s Hugo Bonneval scores a debut try against Italy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

France 30 Italy 10Eight days after edging past England in their Six Nations opener, France made it two from two at the Stade de France as they scored (...)