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# italy-rugby - Today’s News

Strong second half in Italy moves England to top of Six Nations table

Eddie Jones men scored five tries in Rome, with Jonathan Joseph notching a hat-trick.

Jonathan Joseph bagged a hat-trick for England in Rome

Eddie Jones’s men scored five tries in total.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 6 February, 2016

Huge Jules Plisson penalty hands France win against Parisse’s Italy

The Italians were narrowly beaten in an entertaining game at Stade de France.

Vakatawa with debut try as Novès’ France reign begins in victory

Les Bleus made a winning start to life under Guy Noves.

# italy-rugby - Friday 5 February, 2016

Have we got a kicker? Can we defend? The Italian perspective on the Six Nations

Italian rugby blogger Dario Mazzocchi serves up the penultimate part of our Six Nations preview series.

POLL: What is your favourite Six Nations anthem? Battle Cry This post contains a poll

POLL: What is your favourite Six Nations anthem?

We want to know what your favourite pre-match tune is.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

8 things we’re hoping to see in this year’s Six Nations

The much-anticipated annual tournament gets underway at the weekend.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 20 January, 2016

Brunel’s Italy usher in 10 uncapped players for Six Nations campaign

Sergio Parisse will lead the Italian challenge again.

Irishman Conor O’Shea to leave Harlequins at the end of the season

The former Ireland fullback has been heavily linked with the Italy job.

Italy international gives brutally honest assessment of his career to date

Sampdoria’s Antonio Cassano is hoping to be part of the Italians’ squad to face Ireland at the Euros this summer.

# 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.

Ireland’s World Cup win over Italy pulled in huge ratings for TV3

We know who the big winners were.

‘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.

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