Sergio Parisse

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James Ryan in action during the Ireland training session at the IRFU High Performance Centre in  Blanchardstown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The spectre of concussions has haunted this year’s Six Nations, with a sobering number of players suffering head injuries and requiring HIA’s during t(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Alessandro Zanni returns to the Italy side for Saturday’s game against Scotland in Rome after pulling out of the side to face France after picking up an injury in the warm-up. Photograph:  Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Lock Alessandro Zanni will return to the Italy side for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico in the only change from t(...)

Temporary Italy boss Franco Smith with new captain Luca Bigi. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Overview Saturday February 28th, 2015. Barack Obama was still in the White House, nobody knew what Brexit was and Ireland were still adjusting to lif(...)

Sergio Parisse: “I told Smith my desire to end my international career in Rome in front of my family, my friends and our fans.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Italy’s most-capped rugby player Sergio Parisse will get a chance to finish his 18-year career in front of his home fans at this year’s Six Nations to(...)

Scotland head coach  Gregor Townsend could see his side go out of the Rugby World Cup if their final game against Japan on Sunday is cancelled. Photograph:   Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Stop all the clocks. Turn off the deep-fat fryer, leave the Mars bars alone. Do not walk five hundred miles. It looks for all the world that Scotland(...)

A television screen shows to the media, the potential impact of Typhoon Hagibis as World Rugby announced match cancellations at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

No matter what happens from here on in, the ramifications of this weekend’s cancellations will linger long into the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the tour(...)

Cheslin Kolbe skates in to scores South Africa’s third try in their demolition of Italy. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty

South Africa 49 Italy 3 The escalator up the hill to The Ecopa stadium was stranger than usual. Something felt different from last Sunday’s ambush. (...)

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(...)

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