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(...)

Ian McKinley is in line to play for Italy against Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago after being named on the replacements bench. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Former Leinster player Ian McKinley is in line to play against Ireland for Italy after he was named on the bench for Saturday week’s match at Soldier (...)

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(...)

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
  • Pro14
  • September 30, 2017, 17:29

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 (...)

Renato Giammarioli scored one of Zebre’s six tries in the Guinness Pro 14 match against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth. Photograph:   Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Southern Kings 17 Zebre 43 Zebre thrashed Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth in a further dent to the Guinness Pro 14’s South African expansion. Ital(...)