Vern Cotter: the New Zealander will be expecting a convincing home victory for Scotland after the success in Turin last week.  Photo  Michael Steele/Getty Images

A second win in a week over the Azzurri today would not go amiss if Vern Cotter’s Scotland side are to leave for the World Cup with anything like a (...)

Clermont Auvergne players react after losing the French Top 14 final against Stade Francais at the Stade de France in Paris. It was their 11th loss in 12 French finals. Photograph: Damien Meyer/Afp/Getty

A good captain is often skilled in gamesmanship. On Saturday evening Clermont Auvergne added another chapter to their long history of final failure in(...)

Sergio Parisse will captain Italy at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Afp

Italy’s Rugby World Cup preparations have been thrown into disarray by a player strike over tournament bonuses. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) cla(...)

Wales coaches Robert Howley  and Warren Gatland  chat ahead of their Six Nations encounter against Italy in Rome. Photograph: Getty Images

All Wales know as they prepare to start the final round of matches against Italy in Rome is that they have to win to remain in contention for the titl(...)

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 captain Sergio Parisse is a doubt for their concluding Six Nations game against Wales. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters.

As Ireland announced a clean bill of health for their game against Scotland yesterday, Wales and particularly Italy, who play each other in the early(...)

 Yoann Maestri of France dives over to score a try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy  at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Italy 0 France 29France overpowered a lacklustre Italy side in Rome in a scrappy Six Nations clash to recover from back-to-back defeats to Ireland and(...)

Sergio Parisse, who  wins an Italian record 112th cap against France, Martin Castrogiovanni and Andrea Masi of Italy before the England match at at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy centre Andrea Masi has delivered a warning to France ahead of tomorrow’s Six Nations clash between the countries in Rome. The Azzurri, fresh fro(...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster: “We’ve got two other big games but there is no doubt the game in Dublin has huge significance in relation to the championship.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

England 47 Italy 17 England’s players have been warned that significant improvement will be required if Ireland are to be beaten in the potenti(...)

Chris Robshaw has conceded England’s preparation for their Six Nations win over Italy was hampered by the afterglow of their opening win over Wales. (Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

Chris Robshaw knows England’s pursuit of the Grand Slam will be ruined by Ireland if their build-up to the Dublin showdown is anything other than perf(...)