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(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam has made one change to the side that lost at home to Glasgow. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Few fixtures underline the increased importance of what previously would have been academic end-of-season league fixtures than this meeting of 12th (...)

Samuel Vunisa will shift from openside flanker to number eight to cover for the injured Sergio Parisse in Italy’s team to play Wales in Rome on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Italy captain Sergio Parisse has been ruled out of Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.In a hammer-blow for the Azzurri(...)

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 (...)

 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(...)

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

Zebre 7 Munster 31Munster cruised to a sixth successive victory over Zebre to return to winning ways in the Guinness Pro 12.Following a 24-16 defeat a(...)

 Tommaso Allan will start at outhalf for Italy in their  Six Nations opener away to Wales on Saturday. Photograph:  Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Treviso winger Angelo Esposito will make his international debut when Italy begin their Six Nations campaign with a daunting trip to Cardiff to take o(...)

Referee Nigel Owens looks on during a TMO decision in the second half of the Ireland v New Zealand clash that ruled out an Israel Dagg try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

If you wanted an example of a real farce, you’d have found one on your television last Saturday as Ulster were playing Zebre away. And no, I’m not tal(...)

Ulster’s Michael Allen is tackled by Gonzalo Garcia and Roberto Quartaroli of Zebre during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game at Stadio XXV Aprile. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Zebre 11 Ulster 19: Paddy Jackson kicked 14 points and played a part in Darren Cave’s try as Ulster beat Zebre at the Stadio XXV Aprile and move into (...)