Martin Castrogiovanni has been named in the Italy frontrow for the Six nations game against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Former Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni will return to the Italy team after suspension for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff.(...)

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(...)

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek oversees training at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s a dog-eared discussion. When Italy are the opponents the focal points are usually the physicality they bring to any contest and their prowess in (...)

 Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni looks on as Scotland’s players celebrate their win  at  the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Claudio Peri/ EPA

Veteran Italian prop Martin Castrogiovanni is set to miss his side’s Six Nations match with Ireland after he picked up a two-week ban for stamping. T(...)

Conor Murray: the Ireland scrumhalf required eight stitches to a wound in the corner of his eye and did not return for the end of the game with England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England fullback Mike Brown’s boot collided more than once with Conor Murray’s face in a ruck during last Saturday’s Six Nations Championship match at(...)

Mike Brown will not be cited for an incident with Conor Murray during England’s Six Nations win over Ireland. Photograph: Epa

England full-back Mike Brown has escaped a citing for the incident that left Conor Murray requiring stitches to a wound in his head in Saturday’s 21-1(...)

Jacques Brunel is embarking on his final Six Nations as Italy boss. Photograph: PA

Italy will aim to kick-start a new era in earnest after fielding four debutants for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with France in Paris. Front-row duo (...)

 There is  the sense that things have gone a bit stale after four years of Jacques Brunel’s leadership

Coach: Jacques Brunel Jacques Brunel has given his Italy squad a facelift as he looks to match or better last year’s fifth place finish in what wil(...)

The Italy squad take part in a training session at Cobham RFC,  London. Photograph: Getty Images

After the second World War, tens of thousands of Italians scrambled onto overcrowded ships, carrying nothing but the desire for a peaceful life, far a(...)

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(...)