Craig Gilroy (left) and Tommy Bowe come in to the Ulster side for their Pro12 game against Zebre in Parma. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho.

Zebre v Ulster, Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma, Satuirday, 4pm Irish time (BBC 1) Ulster, like so many teams on this taut run-in for a home semi-final pl(...)

Rob Herring returns to captain Ulster against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

Rory Scholes starts on the right wing for Ulster against Zebre on Friday night, just two days after it was announced he is leaving the province for Ed(...)

Mick Kearney starts for Leinster against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

With the core of his squad away on international duty Leo Cullen has named a relatively inexperienced side for Sunday’s trip to play Zebre. With Co(...)

Italy have left secondrow  Marco Bortolami out of their World Cup squad. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Pool D rivals Italy have named their 31-man squad for the event but there’s no place for 35-year-old secondrow Marco Bort(...)

From left: Denis Leamy, Ronan O’Gara, David Wallace, Simon Easterby, Gordon D’Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Denis Hickie and Shane Horgan on St Patrick’s Day 2007 as Ireland took on Italy in Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Grand Slams are the holy grail, all the more so when a country has only won two of them in 120 years of trying. But championship titles aren’t to be s(...)

 Yoann Maestri of France dives over to score a try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy  at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Italy 0 France 29France overpowered a lacklustre Italy side in Rome in a scrappy Six Nations clash to recover from back-to-back defeats to Ireland and(...)

Sergio Parisse, who  wins an Italian record 112th cap against France, Martin Castrogiovanni and Andrea Masi of Italy before the England match at at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy centre Andrea Masi has delivered a warning to France ahead of tomorrow’s Six Nations clash between the countries in Rome. The Azzurri, fresh fro(...)

Italy will be without Castrogiovanni against Scotland as he was bitten by a friend’s dog. Photograph: Twitter

Martin Castrogiovanni looks set to miss Italy’s Six Nations clash with Scotland after requiring 14 stitches when he was bitten on the nose by a friend(...)

Sergio Parisse will captain Italy against Ireland in Saturday’s Six Nations opener in Rome. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s selection to face Ireland is probably as much to do with their lack of depth as it is to do with the form of Jacques Brunel’s players. With ju(...)

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel.

So what’s this about Romulus and Remus forming the secondrow partnership for Italy? In historically referring to the twin founders of Rome, it (...)

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