Peter Horne will  replace suspended outhalf Finn Russell for Scotland’s Six Nations match against Italy today. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho.

Scotland against Italy has become the perennial battle to avoid the Six Nations’ wooden spoon. Only once since 2008 have the two sides not finished fi(...)

Italy captain  Sergio Parisse is tackled by England’s Luther Burrell (above) and Jonny May during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England head coach Stuart Lancaster sees plenty of room for improvement despite England claiming a second win from two Six Nations matches with a six-(...)

Italy captain Sergion Parisse says his side were expecting Joe Schmidt to select Ian Madigan at outhalf instead of Ian Keatley. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne) 1:20

Sergio Parisse has admitted Ireland caught Italy on the hop by handing Ian Keatley his Six Nations debut this weekend.Italy captain Parisse conceded t(...)

Sergio Parisse will captain Italy against Ireland in Saturday’s Six Nations opener in Rome. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images 5:20

Italy’s selection to face Ireland is probably as much to do with their lack of depth as it is to do with the form of Jacques Brunel’s players. With ju(...)

Johnny Sexton talks Racing Métro, ‘Charlie Hebdo’, fatherhood, goal-kicking and going to the Louvre to “spend 40 quid on two coffees”. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

He’s home and in Ireland camp for three weeks for a targeted comeback in round two at home to France. He’s also coming home with a four-year deal to p(...)

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel.

So what’s this about Romulus and Remus forming the secondrow partnership for Italy? In historically referring to the twin founders of Rome, it (...)

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 (...)

Tommy Bowe will take his place on the right wing for Ireland’s opening game against Italy at the Stadio OIimpico in Rome. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

On St Patrick’s Day, 2012, Ireland lost 30-9 to England at Twickenham. It’s definitely not a collectible in terms of auspicious Irish memories in the (...)

 Michele Visentin, seen here with the ball while playing for  Cammi Calvisano, has been called into the Italy squad for the first two Six Nations games against Ireland and England. Photograph:   Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has named four uncapped backs in his 30-man squad for the opening game against Ireland at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Februar(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: has instilled a big confidence in those around him.

Joe Schmidt effect to run and run There had always been something false about Ireland’s final standing last season – the lowest since the Five (...)