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Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes from his side that lost to Scotland.

Rookie outhalf Edoardo Padovani has earned the right to leapfrog Kelly Haimona and lead Italy’s backline against Ireland on Saturday, according to he(...)

 Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw: “We have to simply concentrate on the 80 minutes that’s in front of us, do one thing well, move on to the next job and do that well and then we’ll get the right result.” Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

In a tournament so parochial by nature, the Six Nations mood music will always strike a familiar tone, but for Scotland it seems to be stuck on repea(...)

Connacht winger  Niyi Adeolokun stretches over the line to score one of his two tries in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Zebre at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi. Photograph: Francesca Soli/Inpho

Zebre 34 Connacht 51 Connacht’s Pro12 roadshow continued in Italy with a six-try bonus-point win over Zebre to regain top spot in the table and maint(...)

Kieran Marmion: returns to partner AJ MacGinty at halfback. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Zebre v Connacht, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Saturday, 4.30pm Irish time (TG4) Zebre may offer thanks for small mercies as they are able to field fou(...)

France’s centre Jonathan Danty (C) is tackled during the Six Nations match between France and Italy at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis Photograph: AFP Photo / Thomas Samson

France 23 Italy 21 New head coach Guy Noves was spared an early embarrassment as France came from eight points behind to beat Italy 23-21 in the open(...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley is tackled by Kelly Haimona of Zebre during the Guinness Pro 12  in  Parma. Photograph:  Francesca Soli/Inpho

Zebre 12 Munster 16 If this season is ever to be recalled by Munster historians any self-respecting recounting might be inclined to gloss over the 80(...)

Darren Sweetnam will make his for competitive appearance for Munster against Zebre. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Guninness Pro12 League Zebre v Munster Stadio Lanfranchi, Saturday, 2.0pm TG4 Former Cork intercounty hurler, schools hockey international and Ir(...)

 There is  the sense that things have gone a bit stale after four years of Jacques Brunel’s leadership

Coach: Jacques Brunel Jacques Brunel has given his Italy squad a facelift as he looks to match or better last year’s fifth place finish in what wil(...)

Italy’s  Tommaso Allan of Italy looks to release the backs during the  World Cup Pool D match against France  at Twickenham Stadium. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The old adage that ‘if you have a reputation for getting up early you can stay in bed all day,’ is one to which the Italian backs might subscribe g(...)

Italy’s outhalf and place-kicker Tommaso Allan. Photograph: Matt Lewis/Getty Images)

Two years ago this month Tommaso Allan made his debut for Perpignan in a French Top 14 match. Wearing the other number 10 jersey that day was Irela(...)

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