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 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 (...)

Ireland’s Jack Conan. In the lead up to Earls’ try Conan instinctively knew to get the ball away from where Italy were honey-potting to where the space existed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

To rewind or not rewind, that is my question. Three things caught my attention in the Aviva. Lineout tactics, white line fever and new faces but first(...)

Robbie Henshaw scores against Italy, injuring his shoulder in the process. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The injury legacy from Ireland’s 56-19 victory over Italy at the Aviva stadium took the gloss off the occasion. Eight tries is a decent return – the p(...)

Italy’s Sergio Parisse in action  during the Six Nations match against Ireland  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Avanti. Avanti. Avanti,” said Conor O’Shea. The Italian coach and former Irish fullback, alternating between English and Italian, can’t afford to gla(...)

Jack Conan: “I worked hard in those early years because I knew I was behind other people. I knew I needed to work harder to get where I wanted to go.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jack Conan makes his Six Nations debut today. At 25, he knows he’s not exactly an overnight sensation. Coming from the backrow logjam in Leinster, nev(...)

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 coach Conor O’Shea at the team base at Radisson St Helen, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

La vita non è sempre bella. Life is not always beautiful. Not yet for Italian rugby, and not this weekend for Ian McKinley as the homecoming is abando(...)

Italy’s Ian McKinley is not in Conor O’Shea’s squad. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has admitted he had to stop himself from picking Ian McKinley to face Ireland purely to create a “romantic story”. Dublin-bo(...)

Conor O’Shea: 'I believe you can win any game at any time. It doesn’t matter what sport, because it’s two teams.' Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Once again Italy appear to have drawn the short straw. First up they face England in Rome next Sunday, before just a six-day turnaround before playing(...)

 Ian McKinley is in line to make his debut for Italy in Saturday’s Test match against Fiji in Sicily. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Irishman Ian McKinley is in line to make his debut in Italy’s opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday in Sicily. The 27-year-old former(...)

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