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# italy-rugby - Thursday 14 April, 2016

'I love my country but I'll see where my life takes me': Conor O'Shea on seeking opportunities outside of Ireland

The former Ireland fullback on taking over as Azzurri boss and the prospect of facing his homeland in Rome next year.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 19 March, 2016

VIDEO: Rampant Wales put 67 points on sorry Italy in Cardiff

The visitors look like they’re over this tournament.

# italy-rugby - Friday 18 March, 2016

‘Simon Zebo’s strengths are what Ireland need more of in attack’

Lynne Cantwell looks at what makes Stuart Hogg effective and Simon Zebo in Ireland’s 15 shirt.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 16 March, 2016

‘Vern shaped Joe in some ways in those early years’ – Old mates collide

Ireland’s meeting with Scotland renews the friendly rivalry between the head coaches.

# italy-rugby - Tuesday 15 March, 2016

Analysis: Fear of Schmidt drives Heaslip to finish Ireland’s try of the season

Joe Schmidt’s side showed excellent running lines off the ball to score just before half time.

Analysis: Sexton puts body on the line for Stander set-piece success

Ireland used an almost identical strike move to that which cut Wales apart.

‘The standard is getting better’ – Heaslip says Six Nations is on the rise

Last weekend’s action was the most exciting yet.

# italy-rugby - Monday 14 March, 2016

‘It felt like the first time in a while where we were properly enjoying ourselves’

Simon Zebo was superb in attack as Ireland hammered Italy in Saturday.

‘It’s credit to how Connacht have played’ – Ireland benefit from the Lam effect

Five Connacht men were on the pitch for Ireland at the same time on Saturday.

Schmidt buoyed by Ireland’s attack after ‘depressing’ Six Nations

‘The licence to play is always there,’ said Schmidt after his side’s nine-try win.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 13 March, 2016

Best relieved as Ireland lift the pressure with hammering of Italy

‘It’s nice to be in a changing room where boys are enjoying themselves.’

# italy-rugby - Saturday 12 March, 2016

‘I know people question decisions I make, but I guarantee I question them more’

Joe Schmidt is already looking towards next weekend’s clash with Scotland.

Kearney, Healy and Reddan likely to come into mix for Scotland clash

Joe Schmidt says other players put their hands up in the win over Italy.

Rampant attack, Connacht’s proud day and more Ireland talking points

Simon Zebo was excellent at fullback for Ireland, while Joe Schmidt got exactly what he wanted.

Toner and man-of-the-match Ryan drive dominant win over weak Italy

Ultan Dillane added his carrying and handling excellence off the bench again.

As it happened: Ireland v Italy, Six Nations Championship

Ireland took on Italy, as both sides looked to put disappointing starts to their campaigns behind them.

‘The biggest frustration that I’m sensing is from within our own group’

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland have an ideal opportunity to build confidence against Italy this afternoon.

Poll: Who do you think will win today’s Ireland-Italy Six Nations clash? Have Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Who do you think will win today’s Ireland-Italy Six Nations clash?

The Aviva Stadium is the setting today.

# italy-rugby - Friday 11 March, 2016

We’ll Leave It There So: Aussie set for Irish debut, O’Neill believes in youth and all today’s sport

Elsewhere, Rafael Benitez is back in the Premier League while the Irish cricketers are out of the T20 World Cup.

Captain Rory Best rejects the notion that Ireland are being bullied

The hooker says Ireland’s players have not yet hit the standards they demand of themselves.

‘Cian is old enough and mature enough to understand that it’s part of the game’

The 28-year-old’s latest injury is hugely frustrating, but opens the door for Finlay Bealham.

‘Spaces not faces. General movement helped us to a Grand Slam’

Our Six Nations columnists Lynne Cantwell outlines the good work the Italian union are doing.

Schmidt feels the pressure but stresses optimism for Ireland’s future

The Ireland head coach has faced some criticism with his team selection for the Italy clash.

‘I’m never going to be an Irishman, but I can try my best’ – Stander

CJ Stander is learning exactly how demanding Test rugby is.

# italy-rugby - Thursday 10 March, 2016

Unpopular Payne call, bench selection and more Ireland team talking points

Josh van der Flier gets another chance to show his ability at openside.

Schmidt restores Payne to 13 shirt as Zebo named at fullback for Italy clash

The Ireland head coach has resisted the calls to play Payne at fullback.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 9 March, 2016

Payne set to return at 13 for Ireland with Zebo ready to replace Kearney

Joe Schmidt looks likely to avoid sweeping changes to his starting team this weekend.

Schmidt’s Ireland look to balance experience and ‘aggressive’ youth for Italy

Fixing the lineout is of paramount importance as Ireland look for a first win in five games.

Kearney injury may open door for McCloskey to continue in midfield

With the Leinster man struggling with injury, Jared Payne is a strong option at fullback.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 2 March, 2016

Italian stalwart Castrogiovanni to miss Ireland game after two-week ban for stamp

The prop will be unavailable for the game in Dublin on 12 March.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 14 February, 2016

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.

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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.

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