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Franco Smith is the new interim head coach in Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy have announced former South Africa international Franco Smith as interim head coach for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. Smith replaces former H(...)

 Conor O’Shea:  highly regarded coach has been in Italian rugby’s top job since 2016.  Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Italy must do everything possible to retain the services of head coach Conor O’Shea after the Rugby World Cup, according to his defence coach Marius G(...)

Italy coach Conor O’Shea at the team base at Radisson St Helen, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

La vita non è sempre bella. Life is not always beautiful. Not yet for Italian rugby, and not this weekend for Ian McKinley as the homecoming is abando(...)

Stuart Olding (right) will return to the Ulster side after a long injury absence. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

GUINNESS PRO12 LEAGUE Treviso v Ulster Stadio Comunale di Monigo, 5.0 BBC 2, TG4 Ulster and Irish rugby will be delighted to herald the return (...)

Leonardo Ghiraldini: one of several Italian internationals set to leave Treviso at the end of the season. Photograph: Inpho.

Despite their own threats to the contrary and the proposal to form a new regional franchise in their stead, none too surprisingly it transpires(...)