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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(...)

 Tommaso Allan will start at outhalf for Italy in their  Six Nations opener away to Wales on Saturday. Photograph:  Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Treviso winger Angelo Esposito will make his international debut when Italy begin their Six Nations campaign with a daunting trip to Cardiff to take o(...)

Nick Cummins of Australia breaks through to score his team’s second try against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

Italy 20 Australia 50Australia rebounded from their England defeat to record a 50-20 victory over Italy in their second autumn international at the St(...)

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