Tommaso Allan

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Italy’s outhalf and place-kicker Tommaso Allan. Photograph: Matt Lewis/Getty Images)

Two years ago this month Tommaso Allan made his debut for Perpignan in a French Top 14 match. Wearing the other number 10 jersey that day was Irela(...)

Tommaso Allan of Italy reacts at the end of the game as Italy narrowly beat Canada 23-18. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Italy avoided a Canadian calamity at Elland Road on Saturday but outhalf Tommaso Allan admits the team must improve offensively if they are to make a (...)

Gonzalo Garcia of Italy goes over for a try during the  Rugby World Cup Pool D match against  Canada at Elland Road  in Leeds. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Italy 23 Canada 18 Italy squeaked past a determined and inventive Canada at Elland Road to keep alive their hopes in Pool D at the Rugby World Cup. T(...)

Martin Castrogiovanni has been dropped as Italy coach Jacques Brunel announced four changes for Saturday’s game against Canada at Elland Road. Photograph: Afp

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes to his team for the Rugby World Cup Pool D game against Canada in Leeds on Saturday. Props Mic(...)

France’s prop Rabah Slimani (C) rides a tackle from Italy’s back row Samuela Vunisa (2L) to score France’s first try during the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Italy at Twickenham stadium. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis

France 32 - 10 Italy It was all blue, more French blue than Italian blue, in Twickenham on Saturday night in Pool D. But it was hardly a spectacle of (...)

Wales fullback  Leigh Halfpenny is stretchered off during the World Cup warm-up game  between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales 23 Italy 19 Wales are playing an anxious waiting game before knowing the full extent of injuries suffered by Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny durin(...)

Louis Picamoles  makes a break during the  match between England and France at Twickenham on Saturday. The big-carrying Toulouse number eight was France’s standout player. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The most interesting and revealing case study in these warm-up games from an Irish perspective are undoubtedly France. Ireland’s final pool game again(...)

Italy captain Sergio Parisse is a doubt for their concluding Six Nations game against Wales. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters.

As Ireland announced a clean bill of health for their game against Scotland yesterday, Wales and particularly Italy, who play each other in the early(...)

Outhalf  Ian Keatley solid after a nervy start in Rome.  Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Ireland’s victory in Rome will help to assuage the disappointment of an imprecise performance that was long on perspiration but short on inspiration(...)

Scotland’s Alex Dunbar is brought down by Italy’s Joshua Furno (top)during the Six Nations match at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Furno’s move from the secondrow to six for tomorrow’s match  in Dublin will be of huge benefit to Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Behemoth Manu Tuilagi’s doesn’t make England’s squad for the Welsh visit to Twickenham this Sunday so he may well tog out in Italy’s Stadio Oli(...)

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