# Italy

Last month
March 2023
# Selection
Ben Healy named on Scotland bench for final Six Nations clash with Italy
The Munster out-half from Tipperary qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother.
# Bad Note
'It was comical but infuriating' - O'Mahony on slow Ireland's Call before Italy clash
The anthem was played a slow pace before Ireland’s bonus-point win in Rome.
# Tension
Warren Gatland: Strike threat caused ‘quite a significant split’ in Wales squad
Head coach has made six changes to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome.
# Team news
Quins' Allan replaces star Capuozzo for Italy's Six Nations clash with Wales
Kieran Crowley’s team sit one point above bottom side Wales heading into the game at the Stadio Olimpico.
This year
# hard earned
Italian stress test could be timely sharpener for Ireland's Grand Slam charge
Ireland had to work hard for the win in a city where they have often coasted to victory.
# Dissapointed
'We're absolutely gutted. We thought we could really give them a crack'
Italy head coach Kieran Crowley felt his team could have claimed a famous scalp against Ireland today.
# Ready to go
Italy's hopes of shock win over Irish boosted by Garbisi return
The 22-year-old Montpellier star sat out the opening losses to France and England.
# Still On Track
The out-half with shades of Johnny Sexton and prepping for 'tougher and bigger' Italians
The Ireland U20s are two wins from two in their Six Nations title defence.
# Tough Call
Honeymoon blow prepares England boss Borthwick for dropping Smith
Owen Farrell will now move from inside centre to fly-half, where he plays for club side Saracens, with Ollie Lawrence in the No 12 shirt.
# Unimpressed
Italy match leaves 'bitter taste', says France coach
Fabien Galthie expressed frustration after seeing his side let their tight grip loosen as the game wore on.
# Done Deal
Raphael Ibanez extends France contract
Coach Fabien Galthie announced earlier this month that he had extended his stay until 2027.
# Setback
Italy's Garbisi to miss start of Six Nations with knee injury
The out-half is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.
Last year
# Looking Back
'March 2nd, 2014 was one of the most important days of my life'
Read an extract from ‘Ian McKinley: Second Sight: Rugby and Redemption.’
# Cherif Traore
Italy prop calls out racist 'rotten banana' Secret Santa gift from Benetton team-mate
‘I have decided not to stay silent this time,’ Cherif Traore said.
# Verdict
Italy's Faiva hit with four-week suspension over high tackle on Ireland's Sheehan
The Italian player was sent off for the tackle in the 19th meeting of their Six Nations fixture.
# not impressed
'That’s one of the worst-case scenarios that you can see on a rugby field'
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell reflects on Sunday’s defeat of 13-man Italy and looks forward to a round four trip to Twickenham.
# mixed feelings
Ireland struggle to make sense of 'weird' Italy game as high score fails to take focus off inaccuracy
Andy Farrell and his players were left frustrated following a underwhelming Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium.
# Work to do
'We needed to be a lot more clinical' - Van der Flier acknowledges room for improvement
Ireland looked off-colour despite running up a big score against 13-man Italy.
# out of 10
Player Ratings: How did you rate Ireland in their win over Italy?
A mixed display as Ireland stuck 57 points on Italy at the Aviva Stadium.
# William Hill
Ireland still have a championship to play for: Talking points ahead of Sunday's Six Nations game
Ciaran Kennedy looks ahead to the arrival of Italy in Dublin, with tips and the latest William Hill odds.
# gimme five
Marcus Smith stars as England register bonus-point victory over Italy in Rome
Eddie Jones’ side got their first win of the 2022 Six Nations with a comprehensive triumph over the Azzurri.
# Unavailable
England's Courtney Lawes ruled out of Italy game due to concussion
Tom Curry will remain as captain in Lawes’ absence.
# Azzurri
New Zealand-born Halafihi to make Italy debut in France Six Nations opener
The 28-year-old qualifies for the Azzurri on residency grounds after joining Treviso in 2018.
All time
# too good
5-try Argentina sink Italy to end losing streak
The Azzurri have now lost 16 straight Tests stretching back to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
# Wave Goodbye
Italy great to retire at end of season
Sergio Parisse confirmed the news on Friday.
# Contenders
Ranking the 8 remaining teams in the Euros
Belgium, Italy, Spain and others who could prevail.
# Rugby
Former All Black Crowley to coach Italy until 2023 World Cup
Kieran Crowley was a member of New Zealand’s 1987 World Cup-winning squad.
Ex-Italy rugby captain Cuttitta dies aged 54
He competed in two World Cups in 1991 and 1995, and his country’s first matches in the Six Nations tournament which they joined in 2000.
# End of the road
Ian McKinley retires from rugby for the second time
‘My professional career has been unconventional,’ the former Leinster and Italy out-half said in a statement.
# Team news
Wayne Pivac reveals his Wales team to play Italy two days early
The Wales head coach has made two changes to his starting team for Saturday’s game.
'We want to play that brand of rugby' - Henshaw keeps faith in Ireland's attack
The centre says Andy Farrell’s team are determined to develop their offloading game.
Rome offers a perfect stage for Ireland's attack to cut loose
Andy Farrell has called for his team to show a clinical edge against Italy.
# Azzurri
Italy team announced for Saturday's clash with Ireland
Head coach Franco Smith has selected the same XV that started in their defeat to England.
# Opportunity
'If he gets his chance he'll certainly be ready' - Farrell backs Casey to debut against Italy
The Munster scrum-half is set to win his first cap against Italy on Saturday.
# Room to improve
'It's amazing how focused people get on one game' - Sexton says Ireland can rediscover attacking edge
Elements of Ireland’s play have come in for criticism following the Six Nations defeat to France.
'I'll always remember it': Fans tell their stories of the Six Nations spirit at Ireland v Italy
Matches against the Azzurri are the focus in this week’s instalment of our ‘Hear The Roar’ series with William Hill.
# Les Bleus
Jalibert partners Dupont in strong France team for Six Nations opener against Italy
In the back-row, Gregory Alldritt is fit to start at number eight following his pre-tournament injury scare.
# Winning
11 debutants feature as France beat Italy to reach Autumn Nations Cup final
Winger Gabin Villiere celebrated his Test bow as one of five try scorers.
# join us
Get free tickets for our Guinness Six Nations virtual preview with Andrew Trimble tomorrow evening
Ian Keatley and Niamh Briggs will also join The42′s Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey ahead of this weekend’s international rugby.
# blue flu
Italy scrum-half Stephen Varney positive for Covid-19 ahead of Ireland fixture
The sides meet in their refixed Six Nations game next week.