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(...)

Italy boss Conor O’Shea and his captain Sergio Parisse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Team: Italy Prospects Italy are currently on a run of 17 Six Nations games without a victory - their last coming against Scotland at Murrayfield in (...)

Italy’s centre Michele Campagnaro will captain the side against Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago. Photo: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

15 Luca Sperandio Club: Benetton Age: 22 Height: 6’2” Weight: 93kg (14st 9lbs) Caps: 2 A wing by inclination, he possesses the speed and agility(...)

Jordan Larmour scores Leinster’s sixth try against Wasps  despite the efforts of Wasps’ Elliot Daly. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1: Toulouse v Leinster Kick off: Sunday, 3.15pm. Venue: Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse. How to follow:(...)

 Francois Trinh Duc is chased by  Mathieu Bastareaud during a training session at the Maurice David stadium in Aix-en-Provence ahead of Friday’s Six Nations game against Italy in Marseille. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

France coach Jacques Brunel reshuffled his backline as Les Bleus look to end an eight-game winless streak when they face Italy in the Six Nations on F(...)

Italy have unearthed a gem in fulllback Matteo Minozzi. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rome wasn’t built in a day has rarely seemed more apt in a rugby context, as Conor O’Shea strives to orchestrate an Irish-infused revolution in Italia(...)

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(...)

Toulouse have struggled to recapture former glories and are currently outside the top six for qualification for next season’s Champions Cup. Photograph:  Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Toulousain! The club is synonymous with winning and flair. No team has won more French Championships or European Cups. They also did so with a c(...)

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