Ian Mckinley

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Italy coach Conor O’Shea at the team base at Radisson St Helen, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

La vita non è sempre bella. Life is not always beautiful. Not yet for Italian rugby, and not this weekend for Ian McKinley as the homecoming is abando(...)

Italy’s Ian McKinley is not in Conor O’Shea’s squad. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has admitted he had to stop himself from picking Ian McKinley to face Ireland purely to create a “romantic story”. Dublin-bo(...)

Conor O’Shea: 'I believe you can win any game at any time. It doesn’t matter what sport, because it’s two teams.' Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Once again Italy appear to have drawn the short straw. First up they face England in Rome next Sunday, before just a six-day turnaround before playing(...)

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea will be hoping for his team cause a few upsets this year. Photo: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Italy You Bet: Winner 500/1, Grand Slam 2,500/1 Form: LLWLLLL Last Year: Sixth The current form of the competition’s traditional whipping boys doe(...)

Robbie Henshaw  suffered a hamstring injury last Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Garry Ringrose and Dan Leavy are back in contention for Leinster’s trip to Italy on Saturday to face Ian McKinley’s Treviso (live on TG4). Both playe(...)

Ireland need to have solid set-pieces and keep the ball for extended phases so as to suffocate the Fijians. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Preview: Ireland v Fiji  Venue: Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 5.30pm. On TV: Live on RTE and Sky Sports This is a big opportunity for(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores his try against South Africa. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

How to follow that? An injury free, record 38-3 win over a South African team ranked, eh, fifth in the world cemented Ireland’s hold on fourth place, (...)

Fiji number 8 Nemani Nagusa  is tackled by  Tommaso Boni , Tommaso Castello and  Sergio Parisse  of Italy  during the international  Test match at the Angelo Massimino Stadium in Catania, Sicily. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Italy 19 Fiji 10 Italy ended a nine-match losing streak with a hard-fought 19-10 victory over Fiji in Catania on Saturday as their Irish-born outhalf(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki have their picture taken with Jennifer Malone at the Ireland rugby squad training at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Bundee Aki becomes the 46th debutant under Joe Schmidt against South Africa on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium, and the 91st player to represent Ireland(...)

 Ian McKinley is in line to make his debut for Italy in Saturday’s Test match against Fiji in Sicily. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Irishman Ian McKinley is in line to make his debut in Italy’s opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday in Sicily. The 27-year-old former(...)

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