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(...)

 Greig Laidlaw Scotland captain converts his kick after Sean Lamont’s try against Italy at  at Murrayfield Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Scotland ran in six tries to overwhelm Italy 48-7 in a one-sided World Cup warm-up game at Murrayfield on Saturday. Wingers Sean Lamont and Tim Visse(...)

Sean Lamont slides over for a score during Scotland’s 48-7 Rugby World Cup warm-up win over Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: PA

Scotland 48 Italy 7 Scotland finally injected some momentum into their World Cup preparations as they followed up last week’s win over Italy with a 48(...)

Tommy O’Donnell breaks away from the Italian defence to score Ireland’s second try at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty 2:48

I start where I left off on Friday – patient play with green grass field position in mind, allied to Italy’s non-engagement in the breakdown, will pro(...)

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 (...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty looks on from the bottom of a ruck. Photograph Elena Barbini/Inpho
Connacht hang tough in Treviso
  • Rugby
  • October 10, 2014, 21:33

Treviso 6 Connacht 9Connacht may have been denied victory at the death last weekend but tonight in Italy they held on grimly to carve out a fourth wi(...)

 Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock looks dejected after the defeat by Toulon in the Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster didn’t replicate the shortcomings in performance terms of their Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat to Toulon when they rocked(...)

Keith Earls breaks free to score Munster’s opening try in the  RaboDirect Pro 12 game against Benetton Treviso at Thomond Park in  Limerick. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 14 Benetton Treviso 3: Munster saw off a strong challenge of Benetton Tre(...)

Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny and Sergio Parisse of Italy challenge for the high ball at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wales launched their bid for an historic Six Nations title hat-trick in unconvincing fashion as underdogs Italy made them scrap every inch of the way (...)

 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(...)