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(...)

Connacht’s Fetu’u Vainikolo runs with the ball. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Eric Elwood will take his Connacht team abroad for a final time before he steps down as coach at the end of the season. The province’s f(...)