Sergio Parisse

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 Robbie Henshaw  passes  to  Keith Earls  during the Pool D  World Cup clash   at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Matrin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

As ever against the Azzurri, especially at home, Ireland are on something of a hiding to nothing, in that woe betide them if they don’t give Italy a g(...)

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes from his side that lost to Scotland.

Rookie outhalf Edoardo Padovani has earned the right to leapfrog Kelly Haimona and lead Italy’s backline against Ireland on Saturday, according to he(...)

  Josh Van der Flier in action against England. All three of Ireland’s new caps are capable of having  a bigger impact on the game. Photo:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

I smashed my forearm to smithereens playing Italy in 2008. Three invasive surgeries later and the eight fractures had not healed properly so I was fo(...)

 Italy’s Sergio Parisse scores a try during against France. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The most remarkable thing about Sergio Parisse is not what he can do during a game. What makes him, above all else, the greatest number eight in moder(...)

Number eight Josh Beaumont has been added to the England sqaud for the game against Italy in Rome on Sunday. Photograph:    David Rogers/Getty Images

Maro Itoje and Josh Beaumont have been included in a 25-strong England squad for Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Italy in Rome. Head coach Eddie Jone(...)

France’s centre Jonathan Danty (C) is tackled during the Six Nations match between France and Italy at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis Photograph: AFP Photo / Thomas Samson

France 23 Italy 21 New head coach Guy Noves was spared an early embarrassment as France came from eight points behind to beat Italy 23-21 in the open(...)

 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(...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)

The return of Conor Murray is a major boost for Munster as they travel to Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Whatever about defining their season, there’s little doubt that Munster’s re-arranged meeting with Stade Francais in Paris today will go some way to d(...)

All Black Brendan O’Connor (centre) goes straight into the Leicester backrow. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images.

Leicester will face an immediate stern test of their European Champions Cup credentials when they kick off this season’s tournament against French (...)

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