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Twitter Reacts As Ireland Bounce Back To Wipe The Floor With Hapless Italy

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander

Ireland registered their first win of this year’s Six Nations at the second time of asking, with a well-deserved and comprehensive victory against Italy. Joe Schmidt had demanded a reaction from his side and they didn’t disappoint, sealing the all-important bonus point in the first half on their way to a 63-10 annihilation. The late withdrawal of captain Rory Best, …

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3 Talking Points From Ireland’s Team Selection To Face Italy

Ireland Rugby Press Conference, Carton House, Kildare 9/2/2017 Head Coach Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt has named the Ireland side to face Italy in Rome on Saturday, making two changes from the disappointing defeat to Scotland last weekend. As was always going to be the case, Schmidt’s selection raises a number of talking points. 1. The Back Row Debate Will Rumble On Make no mistake about it, Scotland went after Ireland’s back row both on …

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Italy Facing Massive Injury Blow Ahead Of Ireland Encounter

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 05: Sergio Parisse of Italy in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Wales at Stadio Olimpico on February 5, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Italy’s preparation for their Six Nations clash with Ireland on Saturday has been thrown into turmoil amid reports of a major injury doubt. Reports on Monday evening have speculated that captain Sergio Parisse is facing a race against time to recover from a neck injury in order to face Ireland in Rome this weekend. Italy captain Sergio Parisse faces a …

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Ireland Give Injury Update On Johnny Sexton Ahead Of Italy Clash

Johnny Sexton with Head Coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit

With Ireland falling to a disappointing 27-22 defeat to Scotland in their opening Six Nations fixture, the pressure is on to respond in strong fashion against Italy next weekend. The loss at Murrayfield has destroyed any hope of a grand slam for Joe Schmidt’s side, but a bonus point win in Rome on Saturday would at least put them back …

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There Is A Rugby Revolution Happening In Italy

As the Six Nations swings into action this weekend, many a keen rugby eye will be watching with great interest as Conor O’Shea’s Italy team look to launch an era of Azzurri dominance. In recent years the Italian players and their coaches have lived on a game-by-game basis. Being occasionally heralded as they dethrone a major nation, but for the …

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Six Questions Ahead Of The 2017 Six Nations

Port Elizabeth , South Africa - 23 June 2016; Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during the team announcement press conference at the Boardwalk Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With the 2017 Six Nations set to kick off on the 4th of February, we take a look at some of the major talking points surrounding the teams taking part in this year’s tournament. Do Ireland deserve the ‘favourites’ tag? After beating New Zealand for the first time in their history, Irish rugby has sought to maintain the feel-good factor …

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Six Nations Team-By-Team Previews: 6th Place – Italy

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 13: Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O'Shea looks on as his team warms up prior to kickoff during the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final match between Harlequins and Montpellier at the Grand Stade de Lyon on May 13, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Off the back of Italy’s worst ever Six Nations campaign, they have three home games to try and end their losing run in the competition.  Italy have lost their last seven Six Nations games, and are reeling from a tournament that saw them concede 224 points, a Championship record. Their domestic sides are having disastrous seasons as well. The two …

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Exclusive: ‘A Lot Of Top Players Would Want To Go Play In Rome, I Think A Pro 12 Team Would Work’

Rome is home to some of Europe’s most famous historical monuments, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, but in a city where football rules all, rugby is steadily starting to grow. There are currently two professional rugby teams in the Italian capital, S.S. Lazio Rugby, who are tied to the city’s famous football club of the same name, and …

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Five Candidates To Replace Eddie Jones As England Coach in 2019

Eddie Jones has recently revealed that he will most likely leave his England head coach role after the Rugby World Cup in 2019, so who are the leading candidates to replace him should he go? We pick five potential replacements. 5) Steve Borthwick Former Bath, Saracens and English lock Borthwick moved straight into coaching before the conclusion of his playing …

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Ian McKinley On Conor O’Shea: ‘Italy Will Be A Force Again Under His Guidance, That’s Guaranteed’

Italian Rugby is a relatively small world by professional rugby standards. There are just two full-time professional clubs in Benetton Treviso and Zebre, 54 professional players playing in Italy, and just seven overseas based players in the Italian national team. Among the players and coaches that ply their trade domestically, there are seven South Africans, six New Zealanders and three Argentinians. The Irish contingent? two – …

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Winners And Losers From Ireland v New Zealand

Ireland v New Zealand - International Match

It kind of goes without saying that Ireland are the massive winners from their drought-breaking 40-29 victory over New Zealand in Chicago on Saturday. Ireland ran in five tries to four to break a 111 year drought that saw Joe Schmidt’s side snap a 22 game losing streak against New Zealand. Ireland were magnificent in front of a sold out Soldier …

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Alex Lozowski Finally Declares His National Allegiance

Saracens v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership

Alex Lozowski was being pursued by both Italy and England. Earlier this month, English rugby fans were a little surprised to see Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski, being sounded out for inclusion in the Italian squad by Conor O’Shea. Despite his Polish surname, Lozowski qualified to play for Italy through his Italian grandmother and had been contacted by by O’Shea with the view of …

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Conor O’Shea Looking To Bring Saracens Fly Half Into Italian Squad

Harlequins v Montpellier - European Rugby Challenge Cup Final

Eddie Jones and Conor O’Shea are set to lock horns. Since Diego Domínguez retired from international rugby, Italy have struggled to find a fly half capable of the necessary standard to allow the Azzuri bridge the gap between themselves and their Six Nations rivals. Although Carlo Canna is potentially a top class playmaker, the 24 year-old playmaker will need to …

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Exclusive: England’s Stuart Lancaster – Revisiting A Legacy

Memory is a funny thing. When you think of New Zealand’s Graham Henry, you think of 2011 – not 2007. With Clive Woodward it is 2003, not 1999. Yet for former England head coach Stuart Lancaster he is seemingly always to be synonymous with 15 minutes of rugby in 2015, but not the three and half years preceding them. Exclusively …

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