Matteo Minozzi

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Paolo Garbisi attacks for Italy against Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

To have any chance at all of breaking a 27-game losing streak in the Six Nations, Paolo Garbisi must embody all the great Azzurri 10s that came before(...)

Benetton’s Riccardo Favretto is a key player for Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Have Italy realised the Six Nations Championship is no country for old men, so to speak? It seems that way. If Chelsea are known as the Pensioners in(...)

Operations manager Ger Carmody with the Irish squad at the Aviva Stadium. “I’ve always said that the three most important things that a player looks for when he comes into camp is good wifi, a good night’s sleep and good coffee.”Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For Ireland’s 36-man squad last Wednesday would have brought a mixture of emotions. They said a more prolonged goodbye to families and loved ones than(...)

Franco Smith is without a win after mroe than a year in charge of Italy. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The numbers make for grim reading. Italy went without a Test victory in 2020, losing all eight of their fixtures. They haven’t beaten a tier one natio(...)

Scott Cummings drives over to score for Scotland against Italy. Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Getty

Italy 17 Scotland 28 Scotland were given a fright in Florence before they recovered to claim a 28-17 win over Italy in their Autumn Nations Cup opene(...)

Mike Catt has spoken about Ireland’s four uncapped players named in the team to face Italy. Photograph: Inpho

The sense of anticipation after an eight-month interlude since Ireland last played has been heightened by the presence of four uncapped players in the(...)

Romain Ntamack celebrates after scoring France’s fourth try against Italy. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

France 35 Italy 22 France moved top of the Six Nations standings as they claimed a bonus point in an otherwise unimpressive 35-22 defeat of a weak It(...)

Zebre has extended his stay with Zebre until the summer of 2022. Photograph:   Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Former Connacht coach Michael Bradley has extended his contract as Zebre head coach until the summer of 2022. The former Munster and Ireland scrumhal(...)

Italy’s players bow to the crowd after beating Canada at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy 48 Canada 7 Italy made it two bonus-point wins from as many Rugby World Cup Pool B games as they beat Canada 48-7 in Fukuoka. The Azzurri race(...)

Joey Carbery   receives medical attention prior to being taken off during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 In what represented something of a trial for a host of players, ironically it was the performance and premature departure of one (...)

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