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Scottish-born George Biagi starts for Italy against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Scottish-born lock George Biagi has been named in the Italy side as one of four changes to Conor O’Shea’s starting line-up for the Azzurri’s final 201(...)

France coach Guy Novès: “I hope  the players are aware Italy have got this match marked down.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France coach Guy Novès has warned his players that they are in no position to act high and mighty against Italy in Rome on Saturday. Defeats to Irela(...)

Marcell Coetzee: the former Springbok international had an outstanding debut against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

It’s been a busy week in Belfast with the announcement that Jono Gibbes and Dwayne Peel will join the coaching ticket, a long-awaited and outstanding (...)

 Andries Van Schalkwyk returns to the Italy secondrow for the Six Nations game against  Ireland in Rome. Photograph:  Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Conor O’Shea expects mutterings of mirth but still remains convinced Italy will boast a “very good team” inside three years. The former Ireland fullb(...)

 Munster’s Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland and Tommy O’Donnell celebrate winning a penalty try. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 38 Glasgow 17 Not so much a game, more a memorial service, but in the end, some match too. As a province, as an organisation and finally as p(...)

Connacht Tom McCartney and Bundee Aki at squad training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Lest we forget Leinster’s perennial challenge was how to win. At times this season, they have forgotten those ways, but not so in the RDS last Saturda(...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun goes clear to score a try. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 16 Glasgow 11 They’ve never had it so good, but now they could have it even better next Saturday. Connacht tore up the history book and all (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw will want a big game in his farewell to the Sportsground. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht v Glasgow Guinness Pro12 semi-final The Sportsground, Saturday, 6.30pm TG4/Sky Sports 1 In outlining their vision and strategy for the n(...)

Dave Kilcoyne scored two tries for Munster in their Guinness Pro 12 match against Glasgow Warriors at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 27 Munster 24 Glasgow got the better of Munster in a seven-try thriller at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock that prevented Antony Foley’s (...)

 There is  the sense that things have gone a bit stale after four years of Jacques Brunel’s leadership

Coach: Jacques Brunel Jacques Brunel has given his Italy squad a facelift as he looks to match or better last year’s fifth place finish in what wil(...)

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