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(...)

Leinster’s Vakh Abdaladze is tackled by  Roberto Tenga of Zebre during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster 41 Zebre 6 Another pleasing day all-round for Leinster. This 13th win out of 13 home games in both competitions, complete with bonus point, (...)

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(...)

Italy’s  Marcello Violi  in action against Argentina during the Test match at Stadio Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’innocenti/EPA

Italy 15 Argentina 31 Argentina scored two tries in the last 10 minutes to claim a 31-15 win over Italy after a see-saw Test match in Florence on Sa(...)

Zebre’s Mattia Bellini scores a try during their win over a lacklustre Ulster at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, in Parma, Italy. Photograph: Federico Matteucci/Inpho

Zebre 27 Ulster 23 No one really saw this one coming, least of all Ulster, but Les Kiss’s squad can have new complaints as they never really came to (...)

 Ulster’s Kieran Treadwell runs at Renato Giammarioli of Zebre. Photograph: Federico Matteucci/Inpho
Ulster come unstuck at Zebre
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Zebre 27 Ulster 23 Ulster’s bid to go five wins from five and stay out in front in Conference B was torn asunder in Italy as Michael Bradley’s Zebre (...)

 Michele Visentin, seen here with the ball while playing for  Cammi Calvisano, has been called into the Italy squad for the first two Six Nations games against Ireland and England. Photograph:   Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has named four uncapped backs in his 30-man squad for the opening game against Ireland at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Februar(...)