Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

Joey Carbery   receives medical attention prior to being taken off during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 In what represented something of a trial for a host of players, ironically it was the performance and premature departure of one (...)

 Ireland’s Joey Carbery is helped from the pitch after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Ireland 29 Italy 10 Ireland duly negotiated their first of four World Cup warm-up games, but this ninth successive win over the Azzurri was not witho(...)

Joey Carbery during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Ireland’s first World Cup warm-up match against Italy. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 2pm (Live on RTÉ 2 and Channel 4) If it looks, swims and quacks like a trial, then it probably is a trial. (...)

Jean Kleyn: after becoming eligible on the three-year residency ruling, the Munster lock  will make his  Ireland debut against Italy.     Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As expected, opportunity knocks for a clutch of players named in Ireland’s opening World Cup warm-up game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow (...)

Connacht’s Peter Robb is tackled by Joshua Renton and Renato Giammarioli of Zebre during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Zebre 5 Connacht 6 A hard-earned one-point win over Zebre was sufficient, if not inspiring, for Connacht to maintain their primary seasonal aim of a (...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls  dives to score a try despite  tackles from Italy’s  Tito Tebaldi and  Alessandro Zanni during the Six Nations match  at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: VIncenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Italy 16 Ireland 26 The sight of Johnny Sexton kicking a towel after leaving the fray in the 78th minute, not in anger at being replaced but rather i(...)

Johnny  Sexton, Joe Schmidt and Jacob Stockdale at Ireland training on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Italy v Ireland, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Sunday 4pm local time/3pm Irish. On TV: Live on ITV (UK), Virgin Media (Ireland). Ireland haven’t hit their s(...)

Braam Streyn moves to number eight in place of the injured Sergio Parisse. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

15 Jayden Hayward (Treviso) Age: 32 Height: 6’1” Weight: 91kg (14st, 5lbs) Caps: 14 The son of Taranaki faced his native All Blacks last year, and has(...)

Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn touches down for one of his three tries  against Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland 33 Italy 20 Blair Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first ever Six Nations hat-trick as they kicked-off this year’s tournament with a 33-20 win ove(...)

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