Ian McKinley is in line to play for Italy against Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago after being named on the replacements bench. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Former Leinster player Ian McKinley is in line to play against Ireland for Italy after he was named on the bench for Saturday week’s match at Soldier (...)

Italy have unearthed a gem in fulllback Matteo Minozzi. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rome wasn’t built in a day has rarely seemed more apt in a rugby context, as Conor O’Shea strives to orchestrate an Irish-infused revolution in Italia(...)

France outhalf Morgan Parra will miss the Six Nations opener against Ireland due to a knee injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rugby is mangling its players. So much so that an Irish tech company is producing enough preventative measures to journey deep down into Silicon Valle(...)

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(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones: The possibility of England and Ireland meeting in the Six Nations’s final game with the title on the line appeals to him.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They’re the back to back champions, they’ve won 21 of their 22 matches under his watch, they have the same itinerary – culminating in Ireland at home (...)

Sam Simmonds’ last minute try sent Exeter to the English Premiership final. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty

Exeter 18 Saracens 16 Exeter ended Saracens’ hopes of a second successive European and domestic double in dramatic fashion at Sandy Park. Replacemen(...)

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(...)

John Barclay stood in as Scotland captain for their win over Wales on Saturday. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland) Scotland were excellent on Saturday and central to that was the performance of Hogg. The fullback was exemplary in all that(...)

Jack Nowell  celebrates scoring England’s fourth try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

England 36 Italy 15 England survived an almighty scare to finish conclusive bonus-point winners at Twickenham as Italy issued a rousing response to s(...)

Exeter centre Michele Campagnaro returns to the Italy midfield for Sunday’s Six Nations game against England at Twickenham. Photograph:   Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Italy have made four changes to the team thrashed by Ireland for Sunday’s Six Nations match with holders England at Twickenham. Head coach Conor O’Sh(...)

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