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(...)

Johnathan Joseph scored twice for England as they beat Italy 47-17 at Twickenham. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

England 47 Italy 17England launched World Cup year at Twickenham by sweeping Italy aside 47-17 to generate further momentum in their quest for a first(...)

Ireland’s Ian Keatley in action against Italy. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. 2:48

Some lessons can only be learned the hard way. Everyone knows it will be so, but Ian Keatley talking himself out of Ireland’s number 10 jersey agains(...)

 Tommy O’Donnell of Ireland scores the second try against   Italy at   the Stadio Olimpico   in Rome. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images 2:48

Italy 3 Ireland 26 Another performance from Joe Schmidt’s utterly efficient Ireland that leaves us knowing so much more is to still come. A(...)

Seán O’Brien emerges at Stadio Olimpico in Rome for the captain’s run. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Deeply rooted in human nature is a reaction that empowers the ‘underdog’ to rise up and strike down their so-called betters.The stories of ancient civ(...)

Ireland outhalf Ian Keatley practices his set-pieces at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on the eve of the Six Nations encounter with Italy. Much will depend on his kicking in the clash against the Azzurri. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Italy v Ireland, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, 2.30pmThe rain may have been slightly dampening the spirits of the initial Irish contingent of supporters cum (...)

Toulon’s Martin Castrogiovanni is playing much looser than previously and is nowhere near as violent in the breakdown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Image 1:20

Winners also lose – but they never give up. Ireland can – and will – continue their ascendance towards relentless improvements but, nevertheless, t(...)

 Peter O’Mahony battling in his last match at the Stadio Olimpico, a time he calls a “dark old spot”.    Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Time heals all wounds. Well, almost. Peter O’Mahony can look back and manage the faintest of wry smiles now but it will never be an experience he wil(...)

Sergio Parisse has recovered from a back injury and is looking forward to a big year in 2015. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Sergio Parisse hopes he can find a “different level” in this year’s Six Nations after a back injury plagued the Italy captain in 2014.The 31-year-ol(...)