Wasps’  Joe Simpson celebrates after scoring a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off first leg match against Stade Francais Paris at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England. Photograph: Getty Images

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Scotland’s Alex Dunbar is brought down by Italy’s Joshua Furno (top)during the Six Nations match at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Furno’s move from the secondrow to six for tomorrow’s match  in Dublin will be of huge benefit to Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Behemoth Manu Tuilagi’s doesn’t make England’s squad for the Welsh visit to Twickenham this Sunday so he may well tog out in Italy’s Stadio Oli(...)

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Iain Henderson appears set to stand in for Peter O’Mahony should the Irish management decide the Munster flanker would be better served by anot(...)

Scotland’s Duncan Weir celebrates after his last-minute drop goal secured victory over Italy in their Six Nations clash at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph:  Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

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 Italy captain Sergio Parisse insists he will not let his record-breaking run-out for the Azzurri distract him from beating Scotland today.  Photo:  Andrew Matthews/PA

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

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France’s Dimitri Szarzewski: “We went close against the All Blacks, but now is the time for victory – we cannot afford to lose this game, we do not have the right” Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/Gerry/AFP

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Nick Cummins of Australia breaks through to score his team’s second try against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

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British and Irish Lions’ Johnny Sexton prepares to kick against the Barbarians during their friendly match in Hong Kong. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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