Sergio Parisse

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 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(...)

Camille Chat celebrates his try against Italy. Photograph:Yoan Valat/EPA

France 47 Italy 19 France got their rugby World Cup preparations back on track by overpowering Italy, scoring seven tries in a flamboyant and sometim(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

Sergio Parisse is appearing in his fifth Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Italy Who are they The Italians embarked on a tough schedule in the build-up to Japan that saw them travel to Dublin, where they were competitive ag(...)

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