Sergio Parisse

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Stade Francais captain Sergio Parisse lifts the Challenge Cup after his side’s win over Gloucester. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Gloucester 17 Stade Français 25 Stade Francais ran in two opportunist second-half tries to overpower Gloucester 25-17 in the Challenge Cup final on F(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg: “To receive this award again is an absolute honour”. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire.

Stuart Hogg has been named as the RBS Six Nations player of the championship for the second year running, the Scotland fullback securing almost 25 per(...)

France’s  Jonathan Danty: “We really thought it was a joke, because it was unthinkable that such a thing should happen.” Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Francais rugby players have gone on strike over a planned merger with rival Parisian club Racing 92, the head of the players’ union told Reuters(...)

Louis Picamoles scores France’s third try during the Six Nations match against Italy at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph:   Alessandro Bianchi/ Reuters

Italy 18 France 40 Italy eschewed the tactic of standing off at rucks that perplexed England but were nevertheless beaten 40-18 by France at the Stad(...)

England captain Dylan Hartley and backrow James Haskell talk to referee Romain Poite during the Six Nations game against Italy at Twickenham. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

A little precursor to the much discussed tactics employed by Italy at the breakdown happened in the 50th minute of Ireland’s game against France the d(...)

Jack Nowell  celebrates scoring England’s fourth try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

England 36 Italy 15 England survived an almighty scare to finish conclusive bonus-point winners at Twickenham as Italy issued a rousing response to s(...)

Sergio Parisse believes Ireland will offer Italy a sterner challenge than Wales. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Sergio Parisse admits Italy will need another “miracle” victory rivalling November’s South Africa triumph to topple Ireland in Rome on Saturday. Ital(...)

Cian Healy: replaces    Jack McGrath  in the Ireland front row for the visit to Italy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The air of inflated optimism inspired by the mother of all Novembers has been deflated in one game, and it will take more than a win over Italy to ret(...)

Donnacha Ryan is expected to resume his partnership with Devin Toner against Italy. Photograph: Inpho

A recall for Donnacha Ryan is set to be the only change from the starting line-up in last Saturday’s opening Six Nations defeat to Scotland when Joe (...)

Referee JP Doyle with Sergio Parisse during last Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Wales: Italy lost the penalty count 16-5. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

The Italian persecution complex over officiating in the Six Nations Championship is not a recent gripe. There have been occasions when it has been a l(...)

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