Andrea Pirlo dinks the ball down the middle as the momentum swings Italy’s way in their Euro 2012 shootout with England. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2012: England 0 Italy 0 (Italy win 4-2 on penalties) June 24th 2012 As he approached the twilight of his career in Europe - before he signed fo(...)

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea will be the new Italy head coach from next June. Photograph: Inpho

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea has reached an agreement to become the new coach of Italy from June on a four-year deal, the Italian rugby f(...)

Niamh Briggs: Ireland’s captain reverts from centre to fullback for for the clash against Scotland. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland, Donnybrook, Sunday, 1pm Not a memorable campaign as the dethroned champions can only, realistically, finis(...)

England’s prop Joe Marler clashes with  Samson Lee  at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Wales v Italy, Cardiff, Saturday 2,30pm Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde says that prop Samson Lee is not someone “distracted by things on the ou(...)

Antonio Conte will leave his role as Italy head coach after Euro 2016 this summer. Photograph: Getty Images

Antonio Conte is to step down as coach of Italy after Euro 2016, clearing the way for his appointment at Chelsea. The decision was announced by the p(...)

Jamie Heaslip touches down in a tangle of arms and legs to finish off a memorable Ireland move that started deep in their own half.  Photograph: Alan Betson

On Friday I wrote about IRFU performance director David Nucifora’s definition of talent whilst bemoaning the perceived gap between our game and the ga(...)

Ireland’s Simon Zebo hands off Italy’s Gonzalo Garcia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Alan Betson

Simon Zebo has sent the throb of Joe Schmidt’s selection headache into pounding mode. If Rob Kearney’s hamstring allows him to play next week against (...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander scores his team’s third try at the Aviva. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 58 Italy 15 The hiding to nothing duly became a hiding. The suspicion always lurked that with one or two tries this Irish team might break fr(...)

Sophie Spence starts at number eight for Ireland against Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Italy, Donnybrook, 1pm The Ireland team has been largely set in stone for several seasons. Until now. Considering (...)

Conor Murray is Ireland’s only try scorer in this season’s Six Nations, and has crossed the whitewash six times overall in his 45 international Tests. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Try telling Conor Murray that today’s game is something of a dead rubber or at any rate has lost its lustre. That number nine jersey is something he d(...)