Munster  head coach Johann van Graan has made seven changes to the squad. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Munster v Zebre  Thomond Park (7.45, live on TG4, Eir Sport, Premier Sports) Jack O’Donoghue will make his first start in his second appearance (...)

A dejected France’s Demba Bamba after the Six Nations game against Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The carnage continued over the weekend and we are now almost becoming immune to it. Already suffering something of an injury crisis, including the in(...)

Johnny  Sexton, Joe Schmidt and Jacob Stockdale at Ireland training on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Italy v Ireland, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Sunday 4pm local time/3pm Irish. On TV: Live on ITV (UK), Virgin Media (Ireland). Ireland haven’t hit their s(...)

Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn touches down for one of his three tries  against Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland 33 Italy 20 Blair Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first ever Six Nations hat-trick as they kicked-off this year’s tournament with a 33-20 win ove(...)

George North scores Wales’ fourth try against Italy in Cardiff. Photograph:David Davies/PA

Wales 38-14 Italy Wales moved to second in the table with an ultimately comfortable victory over Italy, who suffered their 16th successive Six Nation(...)

 Jacob Stockdale gets past Jayden Hayward of Italy on his way to scoring Ireland’s  eight try at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 56 Italy 19 As ever when playing Italy, another handsome win has to be put in context. Of Ireland’s 37 tries since the start of the 2016 Six (...)

Joe Schmidt: “I think Bundee was probably disappointed with some of his handling at times. He prides himself on looking after the ball and doing it well.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt sees the faults in our stars. As the Ireland coach must.  Mateo Minozzi is eight months older than Jordan Larmour. Sixty-five minute(...)

Keith Earls: will be expecting to be part of a potent Ireland backline against Italy at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2.15pm. (On TV: Live on TV3 and ITV)   This is an altogether different conundrum. A less lubrica(...)

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea will be hoping for his team cause a few upsets this year. Photo: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Italy You Bet: Winner 500/1, Grand Slam 2,500/1 Form: LLWLLLL Last Year: Sixth The current form of the competition’s traditional whipping boys doe(...)

Renato Giammarioli scored one of Zebre’s six tries in the Guinness Pro 14 match against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth. Photograph:   Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Southern Kings 17 Zebre 43 Zebre thrashed Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth in a further dent to the Guinness Pro 14’s South African expansion. Ital(...)