Sergio Parisse

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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(...)

Italy head coach  Conor O’Shea has backed proposals for a Nations Championship. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The Italy head coach, Conor O’Shea, has come out in support of World Rugby’s controversial proposal for a new global league despite the obvious threat(...)

Garry Ringrose could return to the Ireland midfield for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against France at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s the beginning of the end. The Six Nations returns on Saturday after another two-week hiatus, for the penultimate round of fixtures. It already s(...)

Agustin Pichot: World Rugby’s vice-president has his work cut out if he is to persuade nations and elite players to buy into the World League concept as it is currently being presented.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In its eagerness to bring a 12-country World League into being, World Rugby has probably managed to antagonise many of its key stakeholders, with the (...)

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