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Saturday 25 March 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Italy

Last year
# good night
Messi hails Argentina's 'beautiful final' after downing Italy 3-0 at Wembley
Argentina won Finalissima in front of a sold-out crowd.
# Migrants
Sicily judge to weigh trial of migrant rescue NGOs
Twenty-one suspects, including crew members of Doctors Without Borders, are accused of “aiding and abetting unauthorised entry into Italy”.
# Eurovision
Zelenskyy says Ukraine will host Eurovision 2023 as Kalush Orchestra triumph in Turin
Contest oganisers the EBU will begin planning with Ukraine but say there are “unique challenges involved”.
Contest oganisers the EBU will begin planning with Ukraine but say there are "unique challenges involved".
The folk-rap group - as men of fighting age - had to get special permission to leave their country for the contest and are expected home tomorrow.
Eurovision: Steps now being taken to remove Russia from future contests, EBU boss says
Fleeting hopes and a familiar crush of disappointment: Irish fans on our Eurovision knock-out
# Final Countdown
Wolves, handbasins and hints of chaos: Notes from a slightly bonkers Eurovision build-up
Eurovision 2022 is a peculiar mix of showbiz, politics, tourism, cheese and chaos. Here’s what’s been happening.
# slip up
Keeper howler keeps Inter off Serie A summit
Defeat for Simone Inzaghi’s side could be crucial to the race for the Scudetto.
# Farewell
Italian hero Chiellini to retire from international football this summer
The 37-year-old was one of the key figures of the Azzurri’s Euro 2020 victory, captaining his country to a dramatic win over England.
# Dominant
Inter see off Milan to reach Italian Cup final
Juventus or Fiorentina await in the final.
# nice moment
'Just to have the parents there, it meant a lot to the players. It’s a big day for us'
19-year-old Aoife Wafer was presented with her first cap after Ireland’s win over Italy.
# Dominant
Ireland power to first win of Six Nations with impressive bonus-point performance
Greg McWilliams’ side showed their promise with a comprehensive five-try success against Italy.
# on a mission
Parsons back, POM presents, scrum nous, UCC sessions - Ireland bid to rebound
Greg McWilliams’ side are desperate for a win against Italy in Cork this evening.
# smash 'em
'My dad had me out on the back field at home practising tackling with him'
Ireland hooker Neve Jones relishes the physical aspect of the game.
# fresh face
'I saw Aoife in Dubai, my very first day in the job, and I was like, 'Who is this person?''
The Enniscorthy RFC product is set for her Ireland debut against Italy this weekend.
# Team news
Parsons starts as Ireland make four changes for Italy clash in Cork
19-year-old back row Aoife Wafer is set for her Test debut off the Irish bench.
# codes
'There's great clarity... As a player, you’ll do what’s best for the programmes'
Ireland international Eve Higgins is a star for both the 7s and 15s squads.
# Italy
Milan stalemate with Bologna cuts Serie A lead to a point
Stefano Pioli’s side hold a slender lead over second-placed Napoli
Strong second half powers France to bonus-point win over Italy
The result leaves France second in the table behind England.
Ireland versus Scotland, Six Nations championship
Andy Farrell’s team take on Scotland today in the final round of this year’s Six Nations championship.
# Italian Job
Scotland get Six Nations campaign back on track with Italy win
Gregor Townsend’s side were 11-point winners in Rome.
# Emotional
Tearful Shevchenko pleads with Italy to 'open hearts' to Ukraine
The former Ukraine striker is a hero to fans of AC Milan after scoring over 170 goals for the Serie A club.
# Coppa Italia
Milan giants play out dull cup semi-final stalemate
The winner of this tie will play in May’s final against either Juventus and Fiorentina,
Fabian Ruiz strikes late at Lazio to fire Napoli top
Elsewhere Tammy Abraham earned Roma a dramatic win.
# Red mist
Peter O’Mahony: ‘Red cards like that do games no favours – I don’t think there was any intent'
Ireland captain lends his support to Italian hooker, Epalahame Faiva, after his controversial sending off.
# Law
Ireland rack up 57 points after red card forces Italy down to 13 players
A little-known law meant the visitors had to remove another player after Hame Faiva’s sending-off.
Ireland versus Italy, Six Nations championship
Ireland take on the Italians knowing they need a bonus-point win to keep their championship hopes alive.
# chasing
Farrell's attack-minded Ireland team must be ruthless and clinical against Italy
This exciting Ireland team has plenty of try-scoring potential.
# quick
Farrell has picked an undeniably exciting Ireland team to take on Italy
The back three of Lowry, Hansen, and Lowe will do some damage against Italy.
# Team news
Lowry to make Ireland debut as Lowe returns in exciting team for Italy
Joey Carbery starts at number 10 in a team captained by Peter O’Mahony.
# 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.
# Dan the Man
Sheehan keen to build on 'valuable' outing in Paris with first Ireland start
The 23-year-old has impressed off Ireland’s bench this season.
# 10
Farrell set to back Carbery for Ireland in Six Nations clash with Italy
It had looked like Johnny Sexton would return at number 10 but Carbery may get another chance.
# Leader
'The Triple Crown would be a great thing and it's guaranteed if we win the last three'
Johnny Sexton is back to lead Ireland’s push for silverware in this Six Nations.
# Team news
Four changes to Ireland U20 side named for 'tough' Italy test in Cork
Richie Murphy has freshened up his backline as Ireland aim to make it three wins from three.
# Out
Ireland's Henderson ruled out of Italy clash after positive Covid test
The rest of the squad have tested negative so far this week.
# main man
Johnny Sexton set to return as Ireland captain against Italy
Joey Carbery started Ireland’s last Six Nations game against France.
# Selection
Wholesale changes unlikely for Ireland but Farrell could make tweaks
The Ireland head coach will be keen to keep his frontliners sharp for the England clash in Round 4.
# Injury
Ireland tighthead O'Toole ruled out of this weekend's clash with Italy
The 23-year-old Ulster man picked up a hamstring strain over the weekend.
# worries
Italy's injury list grows ahead of Six Nations visit to Dublin
Head coach Kieran Crowley hopes his side can end their 34-game losing streak.
# statement
Six Nations organisers refute reports of Italy being replaced by South Africa
It was reported this week that the Springboks could take the place of the Italians as soon as 2025.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
Should South Africa join the Six Nations at Italy's expense?
There could be change ahead with SA Rugby aligning itself to the Northern Hemisphere.
# Extradition
Italy issues global arrest warrant for Robinho after rape sentence
Judges at Italy’s top court last month upheld a nine-year sentence for the footballer’s part in an attack on a young woman in January 2013.