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Dublin: 16 °C Friday 9 October, 2015


# italy-rugby - Wednesday 7 October, 2015

‘Joe Schmidt’s Ireland will have analysed France to the smallest detail’

Lynne Cantwell explains what is actually involved in opposition analysis in rugby.

# italy-rugby - Tuesday 6 October, 2015

Analysis: SOB’s lack of reward and the rest of Ireland’s rucks against Italy

We’ve taken a look at every single ruck Ireland were involved in against the Italians last weekend.

‘I think it’s really started now’ – O’Brien says Ireland are into World Cup mode

Ireland’s openside flanker was happy with the defensive effort against Italy.

# italy-rugby - Monday 5 October, 2015

Analysis: Inaccurate Ireland’s game plan struggles to break down Italy

We take an in-depth look at Ireland’s shortcoming against the Italians yesterday.

Letter from London: Ireland’s fans gleefully hail England’s chariot halting

Murray Kinsella reports from the English capital as Ireland set off for Cardiff.

‘Let’s learn the lessons from this and make sure we’re better next week’

Ireland can learn plenty from their talismanic captain.


Henshaw looking forward to the physical aspect of facing France

The 22-year-old centre was impressive on his tournament debut.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 4 October, 2015

Schmidt: ‘I think maybe we got lulled into a false sense of security’

The Ireland head coach felt his side lacked the same intensity that Italy brought.

Ireland struggle, Italy excite and more talking points from Olympic Park

Joe Schmidt’s men made too many errors and struggled with the Italian intensity.

O’Connell’s Ireland set to earn World Cup quarter-final with win over Italy

Joe Schmidt’s side have moved into knock-out mode despite having two pool games left.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 3 October, 2015

Sergio Parisse isn’t too confident about his fitness before facing Ireland

The Italy captain says he won’t be able to perform to his usual standards.

Letter from London: Schmidt’s men return to the big city lights for Italian test

After a quiet week of hard work in Guildford, Ireland headed back into the English capital yesterday afternoon.

Murray hoping Zebo and Earls can emulate Usain Bolt at Olympic Park

‘I don’t think players are afraid to say that if we go well then we’ve got a good chance of winning.’

Watching the All Blacks struggle last night made POC feel better about 2007

The Ireland squad have been watching more rugby than ever in what is a superb World Cup.

Schmidt: Henshaw will take a little time to find his feet at the World Cup

Schmidt says it’s not ideal that Jared Payne is injured this weekend.

# italy-rugby - Friday 2 October, 2015

Italy’s rucking players would be best advised to watch out for Hendo

The 23-year-old lock shows a constant appetite for counter-rucking.

‘Defensively he’s been very, very sound for us’ – Schmidt on Keith Earls

The Munster man takes over in the 13 shirt for Sunday’s game against Italy.

Schmidt quietly confident as Ireland centre Payne ditches crutches

‘He’s able to walk around freely now on it and jog around,’ said of his first-choice 13.

Another shot for Bowe and more talking points from Ireland’s XV for Italy

Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw partner up in the midfield, while Simon Zebo is retained at fullback.

Schmidt pairs Henshaw and Earls in midfield for World Cup clash with Italy

Simon Zebo is at fullback with Rob Kearney missing through injury.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Keith Earls on not ‘trying to be like other players,’ preparing for Italy and rooming with Paulie

The in-form winger is in a good place at the moment.

# italy-rugby - Monday 28 September, 2015

O’Connell looks for Ireland ‘mind-shift’ as Parisse’s Italy come into view

The 35-year-old is expected back in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland XV next weekend.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 19 September, 2015

Michalak guides France to opening victory but Huget injury a real concern

It was far from a thriller but France had enough firepower to comfortably prevail.

As it happened: France v Italy, Rugby World Cup

We were following all the action from Twickenham.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 5 September, 2015

Disaster for Wales as Halfpenny and Webb suffer injuries in Italy win

Both players picked up what looked like serious injuries.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 22 August, 2015

Pyrgos try lights up scrappy Scots in Italy

Scotland travelled to Turin hoping to build on the performance that left them on the wrong side of a 28-22 defeat to Ireland.

# italy-rugby - Monday 15 June, 2015

Italy’s World Cup squad has gone on strike over tournament bonuses

Training did not take place this morning in Villabassa after the disagreement.

# italy-rugby - Friday 27 March, 2015

Conor O’Shea happy at Harlequins amidst links to Italy job post-World Cup

The former Leinster and Ireland fullback has not spoken to the Italian Rugby Federation.

# italy-rugby - Monday 23 March, 2015

Six players to look out for at World Cup, after a thrilling Six Nations finale

It’s all downhill to England from here.

We need to build a Six Nations trapdoor and push a team through it

It is time to revamp our favourite spring tournament.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 21 March, 2015

Wales hit Italy for 61 and set Ireland a target to chase in Edinburgh

Italy were well and truly rolled over in the second half in Rome.

As it happened: Italy v Wales, Six Nations final day

Will Warren Gatland’s men be the clubhouse leaders by 2.30?

# italy-rugby - Sunday 15 March, 2015

France grind out a win in Rome to keep slim Six Nations hopes alive

In wet conditions, Les Bleus failed to impress yet again.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 28 February, 2015

Italy’s reaction to their first Six Nations away win since 2007 reminded us why we love it so much

It wasn’t pretty but the players savoured every second of the victory.

Italy snatch dramatic victory with last-gasp penalty try at Murrayfield

The visitors struck at the death to earn their first Six Nations away win since 2007.

# italy-rugby - Thursday 26 February, 2015

Horne steps in for suspended Russell as Scotland name side for pivotal Italy clash

Vern Cotter has made two enforced and two tactical changes for Saturday’s meeting with the Azzurri.

# italy-rugby - Monday 23 February, 2015

Dog bite means Castrogiovanni likely to miss Italy’s Six Nations clash with Scotland

It’s not the usual type of injury that a prop has to worry abot.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 14 February, 2015

England padded their points difference with a second half rout of Italy

The visitors attacked with gusto but the hosts were too strong.

# italy-rugby - Friday 13 February, 2015

Carolan’s ambitious Ireland U20s set for visit of highly-rated France

Prop Oisin Heffernan explains how the head coach is making his players more ‘independent’.

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