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Italy

# italy-rugby - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Ireland’s incredible journey from Roman ruins to Six Nations champions

Joe Schmidt took over a side that had fallen to their lowest world ranking spot and turned them into Europe-beaters.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 15 March, 2014

As it happened: France v Ireland, Six Nations Championship decider

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland went in search of silverware in France.

# italy-rugby - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

England focused on beating Italy not chasing Ireland’s points difference, vows Rowntree

Should Ireland win in Paris, England would need to beat Italy by at least 50 points.

# italy-rugby - Monday 10 March, 2014

‘There is no reason why we can’t win this for him’ – Henry plots triumphant BOD farewell

“It is crazy to think how many young kids he has inspired,” reflected the Ulster flanker after Ireland’s impressive win over Italy.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Fergus McFadden thanks Irish fans for standing ovation after replacing BOD

The 27-year-old came on for Brian O’Driscoll and scored a late try.

‘It was a pleasure to be part of it’ – Jack McGrath on BOD’s farewell

The Leinster prop scored the final try on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at the Aviva Stadium.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 8 March, 2014

‘Character and class can take you a long way’ – Schmidt praises departing O’Driscoll

“No one left the stadium [at the end]. There was fantastic applause for a man who massively deserves it.”

Masterful Brian O’Driscoll pulls the strings as Ireland glide past Italy

The outside centre played a part in three Irish tries as Joe Schmidt’s side set up a championship decider in France.

Three Hands of BOD as O’Driscoll sets up trio of Irish tries

Ireland got off to a flying start at Lansdowne Road and never looked back.

Irish Defence Forces tribute for Brian O’Driscoll ahead of final home game

“Tell the chopper to wait, we’ve got a legend to honour.”

Check out this brilliant Brian O’Driscoll tribute ahead of the Ireland-Italy game today

Set in the future, an old man tells an intrigued young Irish boy all about ‘BOD’.

O’Driscoll won’t tolerate any ‘Let’s win it for Brian’ talk in the dressing room

Former Leinster and Ireland hooker Shane Byrne believes the country’s leading try scorer is deserving of every accolade he gets.

# italy-rugby - Friday 7 March, 2014

David Wallace: Question not if Ireland will beat Italy but by how much

The former Munster and Ireland flanker believes Joe Schmidt will look to his forwards and set-pieces again to win the day.

Caption competition: guess what BOD is thinking and win tickets to Italy game

The retiring outside centre will play his final Ireland game at Lansdowne Road tomorrow.

Slideshow: The custom boots Brian O’Driscoll will wear tomorrow are class BOD's Mods This post contains images

# italy-rugby - Thursday 6 March, 2014

Paul O’Connell admits he may hug Brian O’Driscoll a little tighter before final home game

The retiring centre may have to protect his ribs if an emotional Paulie loses the run of himself.

Tommy Bowe in line for France comeback as he trains with Ireland

Winger Andrew Trimble remarks that his Ulster teammates were mocking him as Bowe scored two tries on his comeback.

Schmidt has full confidence in Sexton to lead Irish backline against Italy

The Ireland coach has been sparing with his changes ahead of the Azzurri’s visit to Dublin.

# italy-rugby - Monday 3 March, 2014

Fergus McFadden: “I think I’m good enough to start for Ireland”

The Leinster back is hoping his value as a versatile replacement does not prevent him from starting against Italy.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 2 March, 2014

Simon Zebo included in 33-man Ireland squad, no room for Tommy Bowe

Joe Schmidt’s side are set to take on Italy in the Six Nations next weekend.

O’Connor on Fitzgerald injury: ‘He’s as keen to get to the bottom of it, as we all are’

The Leinster and Ireland winger must now focus on the visit of a lesser Italian side to Dublin.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Marty Moore signals Six Nations intent as Leinster edge out Glasgow Warriors

Tries from Darragh Fanning, Noel Reid and Rhys Ruddock helped the league champions climb to the top of the table.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Here is the last-minute drop-goal that broke Italian hearts today

The Scottish victory will ease fears of the dreaded wooden spoon

# italy-rugby - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Try-scoring blitz sees France home in ill-tempered affair with Italy

The Grand Slam remains a possibility for the French and Ireland after the second round of Six Nations fixtures.

Pape wary of Italy challenge in Paris

The Les Bleus skipper wants the same effort that was put in against England last week..

# italy-rugby - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Wales captain Sam Warburton becomes first player to sign central contract

The WRU have followed the lead of their Irish counterparts to snap up their captain.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 29 December, 2013

Ireland sell-out their Six Nations home games but will Sean O’Brien be there?

Tickets for the three clashes with Scotland, Wales and Italy have been snapped up.

# italy-rugby - Sunday 17 November, 2013

Italian centre has spleen removed after shipping huge Fijian blow

Luca Morisi was in a stable condition last night after ‘suffering trauma to his abdomen’.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 9 November, 2013

Australia bite back as Chariot rolls over Argentina

The Wallabies seem to have their confidence back in time for a trip to Dublin, while England bossed Argentina.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Australian rugby stars have ‘Skype date’ with Alessandro Del Piero

Wallaby captain Ben Mowen looked rapt during his video conference with the Italian football star.

# italy-rugby - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

6 Nations disciplinary panel: O’Driscoll stamp ‘a spontaneous act born out of frustration’

The stamp was intentional, deliberate, grave and merited a red a card, the disciplinary hearing found.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 16 March, 2013

The ‘stamp’ that saw Brian O’Driscoll sin-binned in possibly his last game for Ireland

Wayne Barnes sent O’Driscoll to the bin as Ireland limped through the first half against Italy.

‘Slower than a Mike Ross sprint’: is this the worst version of Ireland’s Call ever?

The Italian band made a right mess of Ireland’s Call in the Stadio Olimpico this afternoon.

Open thread: How will Ireland fare in Rome this afternoon (or do you even care?)

It has been a grim auld Six Nations campaign for Ireland. How are you feeling as we head into this afternoon’s finale?

# italy-rugby - Thursday 15 November, 2012

Italy make 8 changes for All Blacks test

After Saturday’s Test, New Zealand play Wales on November and then England on 1 December.

# italy-rugby - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

As it happened: Ireland v Italy, IRB Junior World Championships

We went minute-by-minute as Mike Ruddock and the Ireland U20s look to snatch a place in the semi-finals.

# italy-rugby - Thursday 29 March, 2012

RFU reward Stuart Lancaster with England job

The RFU have confirmed they’ve agreed a four-year contract with the 42-year-old.

# italy-rugby - Thursday 22 March, 2012

Must do better: Ireland’s Six Nations end-of-term report card

Ireland have been often brilliant, frequently decent and occasionally awful in recent years. In this Six Nations Championship, they were all three at some stage.

# italy-rugby - Monday 19 March, 2012

Tommy Bowe warns of New Zealand bloodbath

Declan Kidney will have to pick his men up after a disappointing end to the Six Nations, with the All Blacks on the horizon.

# italy-rugby - Saturday 17 March, 2012

Six Nations wrap: Wales taste Grand Slam glory

Warren Gatland’s men made it a clean sweep for the third time in eight seasons, as Andy Robinson’s Scotland took home the wooden spoon.

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