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#Italy

# italy-rugby - Yesterday’s News

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’.

# italy-rugby - Thursday 12 February, 2015

Lancaster rewards the men who slayed the dragon – here’s the England team to face Italy

England looking to make it two wins from two before they travel to Dublin.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 8 February, 2015

‘Joe’s pretty ruthless, if you don’t deliver then his faith in you will only run so far’

Mike Ross was relatively satisfied with the team’s display as they swept aside Italy yesterday.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 7 February, 2015

Murray glad Ireland’s patience rewarded against stubborn Italians

The Man of the Match admitted there was some rustiness in the backline.

15 of the best images as Ireland complete a hat-trick of Six Nations wins over Italy

The men, women and under 20 sides all had a hard-fought win to start their campaigns.

Ireland’s Six Nations title defence off to winning start against Italy

Joe Schmidt’s men powered past Italy in the final quarter at Stadio Olimpico.

Bad news for Ireland as one of their returning stars pulls up in the warm-up

Sean O’Brien has been ruled out of today’s game.

As it happened: Italy v Ireland, Six Nations Championship

We went minute-by-minute as the champions opened their title defence in Rome.

‘It’s been a long road’: Keatley and Murray set to steer Ireland on first step in Championship defence

Munster’s 27-year-old out-half has had to be patient. Today, almost six years since his debut, he makes his Six Nations bow.

# italy-rugby - Friday 6 February, 2015

Jack McGrath ready to go ’cause a bit of damage’ against legendary Castro

The Azzurri want to take control of the scrum and ‘rub it in our faces,’ says McGrath.

Analysis: Ireland need Paul O’Connell’s lineout to be perfect in Rome

Analysis: Ireland need Paul O’Connell’s lineout to be perfect in Rome

The veteran second row was unhappy with elements of Ireland’s lineout during the November Tests.

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In pics: Keats kicks into gear as Ireland get a feel for Stadio Olimpico

Ian Keatley looks to be in decent goal-kicking form.

‘From Schools Cup to World Cup in a couple of years’ – the rise and rise of Robbie Henshaw

A new short documentary looks at just what it takes to make it as a professional rugby player.

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Two fat props, 13.

Italy captain Sergio Parisse – ‘We expected to play against Madigan’

The formidable number eight says starting in the Six Nations comes with ‘big responsibility, big pressure.’

# italy-rugby - Thursday 5 February, 2015

This is the Italian team hoping to ruin Ireland’s Six Nations defence on day one

Jacques Brunel makes just two changes from the side which lost to South Africa in November.

Schmidt confident that ‘clutch’ Keatley will deliver for Ireland

The out-half has proven his ability to deliver under pressure this season.

Return of the magnificent 7 and more talking points from Schmidt’s team-sheet

There were some big and surprising calls in Ireland’s first XV of 2015.

Keatley and O’Brien in starting line-up as Ireland begin Six Nations defence

However, there is no place for Jamie Heaslip in the matchday 23.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 4 February, 2015

Favourites tag irrelevant, but Toner confident Ireland can now pull any result out of the bag

Consistency was a pipe dream this time last year. In Rome, Ireland can show that they can carry it into a new year.

Open Thread: Pick your Ireland XV to face Italy in the Six Nations

Joe Schmidt names his starting line-up tomorrow, but who should be in there?

Simon Hick Column: There’s no show like a Joe Schmidt show

Many pundits are tipping Ireland to defend their 6 Nations title and our columnist says it’s all down to the man in charge.

Italy: We’ll always have Parisse

We asked the man in the know about Italian rugby to tell us how the Azzurri are shaping up.

# italy-rugby - Tuesday 3 February, 2015

In pics: Ireland warm up for Italy after waiting out the early frost

Training had to be postponed in Maynooth this morning.

No extra pressure on fit-again Conor Murray despite Sexton’s absence

The 25-year-old says he is ‘feeling good again’ and is ‘fit to play’ against Italy on Saturday.

Warren Gatland: ‘Ireland go into the Six Nations as favourites’

The Wales supremo is one of three New Zealand coaches in this year’s tournament.

# italy-rugby - Monday 2 February, 2015

‘We won’t be going out with much caution, we’ll go out to win’ — Tommy Bowe

The Ulster winger is ready to attack a rare Six Nations campaign, but not in a new way.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 1 February, 2015

McFadden out, Murray in as Ireland name 38-man squad for opening rounds of 6 Nations

The Leinster player suffered a rib injury in Friday’s Wolfhounds game.

# italy-rugby - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

‘I can’t remember the last time he missed four kicks’: Murphy backs Madigan to get on target again

The Leinster back could be given a chance to impress at number 10 for the Wolfhounds this Friday.

Sexton ‘fit and fresh’ to face France after 3 months out, Murray still awaiting neck scan

Sexton ‘fit and fresh’ to face France after 3 months out, Murray still awaiting neck scan

The Racing Metro out-half is still over a week away from resuming contact training.

# italy-rugby - Thursday 22 January, 2015

O’Brien and Fitzgerald return as Schmidt names 46-man Six Nations squad

Jonathan Sexton is also among the extended squad, despite being ruled out of at least the opening fixture.

# italy-rugby - Friday 14 November, 2014

Argentina bounce back from Murrayfield defeat to edge out Italy

The match was moved forward a day because of fears over predicted storms.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 8 November, 2014

Favaro-inspired Italy end winless run against Samoa

The Azzurri gained a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the Six Nations and World Cup action next year.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 11 October, 2014

Mario Balotelli’s pig barred from entering Britain

The Italy international must register himself as a breeder and provide a certificate of health.

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