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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Azzurri

This year
2023
# warning
Mack Hansen urges Ireland to ‘rough up’ Italy’s Ange Capuozzo to stop him
The player is wary of ‘genuine superstars’ in the Azzurri ranks.
Last year
2022
# Azzurri
Uninspiring England held to goalless draw by Italy
Raheem Sterling wasted the hosts’ best chance of a forgettable match.
# Azzurri
Italy hand first start to 20-year-old Marin for Sunday's clash with Ireland
The Benetton out-half has been selected at centre for the Six Nations fixture at the Aviva Stadium.
# 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
# Azzurri
'The players believed from day one that we could create something incredible'
Roberto Mancini’s Italy beat Spain on penalties to reach the Euro 2020 final.
# Influential
Italy's Brazil-born beating heart at Euro 2020
Jorginho has been among the most impressive midfielders at the tournament.
# Azzurri
Garbisi urges Italy to seize day against Ireland and avoid 30th straight loss
The hosts haven’t beaten Ireland since the Six Nations in March 2013 in Rome.
# 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.
# structure
Change must come at the top in Italian rugby, says Castrogiovanni
As for the prospects of Georgia replacing Italy in the Six Nations, well, talk is cheap.
# 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.
# Azzurri
Boost for Ireland U21s as Italy suffer shock loss to Sweden
The Italians are now three points behind Ireland with one game in hand.
# oranje crushed
Impressive Italy win in Amsterdam, Scots stutter to beat patchwork Czechs
Andy Robertson was instrumental in Scotland’s 2-1 win.
# Azzurri
Italy include most of their star names in squad for clash with Irish U21s in Dublin
Roma’s brilliant midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo misses out, however.
# Off
Shades of Mealamu and Umaga as Italian prop sees red in loss to Springboks
South Africa wrapped up the bonus point after Lovotti and Quaglio combined to spear Duane Vermeulen.
# Azzurri
'He’s brilliant and he’s a legend': Italy must do everything to hang onto O'Shea, says Goosen
Defence coach Marius Goosen believes it is paramount that the Azzurri hang onto O’Shea.
# Azzurri
Italy deny Cheetahs claim that Smith will succeed Conor O'Shea after World Cup
Irishman O’Shea has been in charge since 2016.
# nugget
Schmidt hopes to see Cronin grab opportunity after show of 'faith'
The explosive Leinster hooker will make just a 10th start for Ireland, his first in the Six Nations.
# 6 Nations
McKinley and uncapped Sisi among Italy's Six Nations squad
Conor O’Shea will bring his squad together for training camp on 20 January.
# kobe beef
'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory
Conor O’Shea’s men dominated the early stages and took a 19-3 lead before Japan were stirred into a reaction.
# Azzurri
Italy name former City boss Mancini as new head coach
The 64-year-old left his role with Zenit at the weekend.
# carlo rising
Italy confirm Ancelotti talks over vacant manager's job
But the Azzurri have insisted there’s no front-runner yet.
# Azzurri
'I’ll definitely talk with him' - Italy make Chelsea boss Conte their number one target
The former Juventus midfielder has held the role once before between 2014 and 2016.
# make it count
'I see myself as one of the older fellas': Influx of youth strenghtening Henshaw's leadership
The 24-year-old is happy to learn and teach to knit Ireland’s back-line together.
# mental skills
'When you're not able to do something, it becomes mental': McGrath ready to roar again
The loosehead prop took a look at his game in order to get back to enjoying himself on the field again.
# 6 Nations
Hard road ahead for Italy, but O'Shea willing to work for day in the sun
We caught up with the Azzurri boss as a daunting Six Nations schedule looms, but Pro14 performances have shown that there is something brewing in Italy.
# Azzurri
'Italy should be guaranteed World Cup spot' - Lippi supports 'superpower' involvement
Presumably Ireland would be given a spot forever too?
# Azzurri
Ancelotti favourite to take over Italy as Ventura sacked after failure to qualify for World Cup
It is the first time in 60 years that the four-time champions have missed out on the tournament .
# Ciao
De Rossi and Barzagli join Buffon in announcing Italy retirement
The Azzurri veterans confirmed they’re stepping aside after seeing their hopes of playing at the 2018 World Cup dashed by Sweden.
# Azzurri
'We're Italy, we'll qualify,' insists under-pressure boss Ventura
Sweden head to Milan with a one-goal advantage.
# Comeback
Inspiring comeback sees Ian McKinley kick crucial penalty on Italy debut
McKinley scored an important second half penalty as Italy earned their first Test win of 2017.
# moore the merrier
Cheika chops six as wounded Wallabies turn sights on Italy
Conor O’Shea is still ruing a missed opportunity against Fiji as he takes his team to Brisbane.
# 6 Nations
Four-try France leave Italy with a wooden spoon and no points on the board
Gael FIckou and Virimi Vakatawa were on form to inflict another defeat on Conor O’Shea’s Azzurri.
# No Ruck
Parisse warns Italy may continue with controversial tactics
Conor O’Shea’s no ruck plan may be back tomorrow against France.
# Team-sheets
Castres star Dupont set for France debut against Italy
Conor O’Shea has made three changes from the impressive performance in Twickenham.
# Azzurri
O'Shea delighted by England's eventual show of respect as Italy refuse to be taken to the cleaners
“We will dig our way out of this hole by thinking differently..”
AS IT HAPPENED
Italy v Ireland, Six Nations
We went minute-by-minute as Ireland ran in nine tries against Italy in Rome.
# Blue Sky thinking
'People might laugh, but in a few years we'll be a very good team' -- Conor O'Shea
Italy’s head coach says his side have ‘a mountain to climb’ against his home nation this weekend.
# talisman
Parisse ready to shrug off neck concern ahead of Ireland clash
The focal point of Italy’s game will be in place this weekend.
# Remarkable
Teenager Donnarumma becomes youngest Italian to win senior call-up in over 100 years
The 17-year-old only made his AC Milan debut last October.
# Azzurri
'It's not a pointless game' - Italy may have qualified for last 16 but won't be going easy on Ireland
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi says they are out for maximum points when they take on the Boys in Green on Wednesday.