Yoann Maestri of France dives over to score a try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy  at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

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

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Munster’s Simon Zebo was on the scoresheet against Zebre. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama / Inpho

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Ian Madigan gets to grips with Zebre’s Samuela Vunisa. Photograph: Francesca Soli/Reuters
Leinster get the job done in Italy
  • Pro12
  • October 11, 2014, 17:36

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Paul O’Connell, typically, in the thick of the action during Ireland training at Carton House, Maynooth, yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:36

Mentally, this is a tricky one. Ireland go into their penultimate game at home to Italy tomorrow needing a win, e(...)

Scotland’s Duncan Weir celebrates after his last-minute drop goal secured victory over Italy in their Six Nations clash at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph:  Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

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 Jared Payne escapes from Zebre’s Luciano Orquera to run in for Ulster’s  try in the RaboDirect Pro12 at Ravenhill in Belfast. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

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 Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Kameli Ratuvou of Zebre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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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(...)