Luca Sperandio

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Ian Keatley of Benetton Rugby and Leinster’s Jordan Larmour after the  Heineken Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen hailed his returning international contingent after their 33-19 bonus-point victory over Benetton Rugby in their Heinek(...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade scores the bonus point try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 41 Benetton 5 Connacht were in impressive form to open their home account in this season’s Pro14 with a comfortable six-try victory over Ben(...)

Dave Kearney gets over for one of his three tries during Leinster’s Guinness Pro 14 game against Benetton  Rugby at  Stadio Monigo in Treviso. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Benetton 27 Leinster 32 Dave Kearney bagged a hat-trick of tries at Stadio Monigo on Saturday to help defending champions Leinster squeeze past 14-ma(...)

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 (...)

Benetton’s Ratuva Tavuyara scores a try against Ulster in the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Kingspan stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 17 Benetton Rugby 17 Ulster certainly came back to earth with a resounding crash after their European heroics of the previous two weeks and, y(...)

 Ulster’s Michael Lowry: “He is an exciting player, he is a confident player, he is a really good footballer with great skills.” Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Pro14: Ulster v Benetton Kick off: 7.35pm. Venue: Kingspan stadium. On TV: Live on Freesports and eirSport. Michael Lowry’s progression from outstan(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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