Luca Bigi

10 results

Benetton’s Ratuva Tavuyara celebrates with fans after scoring the try that helped level the final score in the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 27 Benetton Treviso 27 It was a perfect night in Dublin city. Leinster were far from it, although it took a last-minute try and conversion f(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is tackled by Giulio Bisegni of Italy at Solider Field, Chicago.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A 100 per cent record in Soldier Field – not bad when it was the world number one team New Zealand and a Six Nations team. There are big winners, Ital(...)

Jordan Larmour scores Ireland’s  fourth try during the match against Italy in Chicago. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 54 Italy 7 Italian job done yet again. It may have taken a while but as so often happens in modern rugby the superior team reaps its rewards (...)

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(...)

Leinster’s Ian Nagle and his team-mates during the shock home defeat to Benetton Treviso at the RDS. The visitors were 18-1 to register a victory.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 15 Benetton 17 There will be no refuge from such a blatant performance malfunction, the imperfections of which in the glare of the post-mat(...)

 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(...)

Ireland’s Jack Conan. In the lead up to Earls’ try Conan instinctively knew to get the ball away from where Italy were honey-potting to where the space existed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

To rewind or not rewind, that is my question. Three things caught my attention in the Aviva. Lineout tactics, white line fever and new faces but first(...)

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(...)

Jonathan Sexton will resume career with Leinster for first time since 2013. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Benetton Treviso v Leinster Sunday, November 1, Stadio di Monigo, 3.0 Sky Sports 3 Leo Cullen has wasted no time in injecting Irish(...)