Leonardo Sarto

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Italy head coach Conor O’Shea: “our biggest issue now is mental, and regenerating momentum and getting that belief”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Conor O’Shea is an innately upbeat, optimistic person, which seems a particularly important trait when head coach of Italy. Nothing has changed in tha(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton celebrates his second half try in Leinster’s bonus point win over Glasgow. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 18 Leinster 34 Leonardo Sarto shouldn’t have got the man’s blood up. Don’t people know by now, if they are going to cheap shot Johnn(...)

Keith Earls: recalled to the wing by Munster coach Rassie Erasmus. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby,  KO: 5.30pm (Live on Sky Sports 2) Munster stand on the threshold of qualifying for the knock-out stage(...)

 Jamie Heaslip celebrates scoring Ireland’s  fourth try in the Six nations game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium in March. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip’s brilliant try against Italy after a nine-pass, 80 metres move has been shortlisted for the try of the year award by World Rugby. Th(...)

A fan pays  tribute to Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park. Photograph:  by Eamon Ward

Munster v Glasgow Warriors (Champions Cup Pool 1) Kick-off: 1pm (live on Sky Sports 2 and RTE Radio) It’s too soon. It can provide little or no c(...)

Glasgow Warriors' Tommy Seymour tackles Charles 
Piutau of Ulster. Photograph: Inpho/Craig Watson

Rugby is all about manipulating defenders to discover space. Take that flawlessly executed try up in Scotstoun last Friday. Iain Henderson is sin-b(...)

Glasgow’s Finn Russell is treated by medical staff on the field after clashing heads with team-mate Zander Fagerson during the Guinness Pro 12 playoff at  The Sportsground in  Galway in May. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Gregor Townsend insists Finn Russell is ready to cope with rugby’s rough and tumble as he prepares to make his Glasgow return. The Scotland outhalf ha(...)

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