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(...)

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 (...)

Nick Cummins of Australia breaks through to score his team’s second try against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

Italy 20 Australia 50Australia rebounded from their England defeat to record a 50-20 victory over Italy in their second autumn international at the St(...)

Rob Simmons has been brought in to beef up the Australia pack. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has revealed the Wallabies will seek to outmuscled Italy when the rivals collide in Turin today. To beef up his pack, Mc(...)

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(...)

Toby Flood runs into Italy’s Gonzalo Canale and Sergio Parisse at Twickenham. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

You would hardly call this a classic Six Nations season but the final duel promises to be fascinating. Assuming, that is, England arrive(...)

Toby Flood runs into Italy’s Gonzalo Canale and Sergio Parisse at Twickenham. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

You would hardly call this a classic Six Nations season but the final duel promises to be fascinating. Assuming, that is, England arrive(...)