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Tuesday 6 June 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Italy

All time
Ireland v Italy, Six Nations Championship
Energia Park, Donnybrook, hosted this afternoon’s third/fourth place playoff.
# on the continent
Leaders Inter draw, Dortmund stay in Champions League hunt and Neymar scores as PSG win in cup
AC Milan lost to Sassuolo in Serie A.
# Analysis
As debate over long-term future continues, Ireland must make short-term progress
Ciara Griffin and co. were poor in a number of areas during last weekend’s hammering by France.
# title defence
England march into Women's Six Nations final with bonus-point win in Italy
The defending champions proved far too strong for the Italians.
# Coronavirus
World Cup winner De Rossi hospitalised with Covid-19 - reports
The 37-year-old was one of four members of Italy’s staff who were infected during recent 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Lukaku pulls Inter 11 points clear and Ronaldo on target in Juve win
2-1 victories for Inter and Juve tonight in Italy.
# Espionage
Italian navy captain arrested for passing on 'confidential documents' to the Russians
The Italian foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Russian ambassador over the incident.
# Suspension
Juventus goalkeeper Buffon given one-match blasphemy ban
Buffon was overheard using a “blasphemous expression” towards a team-mate during Juve’s league win over Parma in December.
# Francesco Pelle
One of Italy's 'most dangerous' fugitive mobsters arrested in Lisbon Covid clinic
Francesco Pelle was a noted figure in one of the Calabria-based ’ndrangheta’s most notorious organised crime clans.
# Coronavirus
European countries impose tighter restrictions as Covid-19 cases rise
A month-long lockdown for Paris and several other French regions was announced yesterday.
# French Evolution
'We need to improve - France will be a different proposition' - Pivac
Wales set for Six Nations showdown with France in Paris.
# On track
Wales are one win away from a Grand Slam after hammering Italy
Wayne Pivac’s men made it four from four ahead of next weekend’s visit to France.
# Wrap
Milan beat Verona to close gap on Inter before Man United trip
In Naples, Lorenzo Insigne scored twice with Victor Osimhen adding a third as Napoli consolidated sixth place.
# in the hunt
Ronaldo on target as Juve boost hopes of 10th straight title with win in Serie A
A 3-0 victory for the champions tonight over Spezia.
# Selection
Farrell's 23-man squad indicates a settled Ireland side for Scotland clash
The retention of Ryan Baird suggests he could be involved again in Edinburgh.
# Skipper
Farrell hails Sexton's enduring influence after Ireland captain's return in Rome
‘His performance was excellent but it’s more than that.’
# late bloomer
Beirne on his man of match award: 'I said to Will, they thought I was you'
The Munster player has graduated from the bench to become a key player on Andy Farrell’s Ireland side.
# clinical
Keenan's try the pick of the bunch but Ireland's turnover attack is still flat
Attack coach Mike Catt will be pleased with Ireland’s efforts from lineout platforms.
Connors takes his chance in Rome to push for Ireland start against Scotland
The 24-year-old openside was among the best performers in a six-try win for Andy Farrell’s side.
# Ruins of Rome
Italy's time is nearly up, get South Africa or Argentina into the Six Nations
Ireland’s 48-10 victory yesterday was impressive but context is needed – Italy are a very poor side.
# forecast
'In seven to eight years this team will be competitive with everyone'
Italy head coach Franco Smith was speaking after their Six Nations defeat to Ireland today.
# worth the wait
'I don't want to sit back and be happy with being third choice': Casey ready for more Test rugby
The 21-year-old scrum-half was made to wait over 140 minutes as a replacement before winning his first cap.
# Work to do
'It doesn't mean everything is fixed now' - Ireland have tougher tasks ahead
After a six-try win in Rome, Ireland now look towards a visit to Edinburgh.
# Up and Running
Farrell's Ireland notch first win of Six Nations with six-try success over Italy
Will Connors scored a brace for Ireland as Craig Casey and Ryan Baird made their Test debuts.
Italy v Ireland, Six Nations Championship
Ireland tok on Italy this afternoon in Rome in round three of this year’s Six Nations.
# The42 Reads
The days when Ireland couldn't buy a win against Italy
The story of Ireland’s hat-trick of Italian humiliations in the mid-90s is one of farce and bad planning.
# forza
Ireland bid to get their Six Nations show on the road with big win in Rome
Andy Farrell’s men take on a youthful but defensively porous Italian outfit at Stadio Olimpico.
# Selection
Farrell aiming to gain momentum as he picks strong Ireland team for Italy
There are seven changes to the starting XV while Ryan Baird and Craig Casey should debut off the bench.
Baird and Casey in line for debuts off bench as Ireland make seven changes
Tadhg Furlong will make his first Test start in a year against Italy on Saturday.
# Picture perfect
Ireland players pragmatic as they chase the space in attack
‘The hard part in international rugby is creating the chances and we’ve done that.’
# lifting lockdown
Ireland is getting a new Covid roadmap, but what’s happening in other countries right now?
Let’s take a look.
# decisions
Ireland attack coach Catt believes 'the way we're going is the right way'
The Irish attacking effort against France two weekends ago was underwhelming.
# Luca Attanasio
Italian ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo killed in gun attack
Luca Attanasio died after a World Food Programme convoy came under attack.
# Anniversary
Italy marks one year since country's first death from Covid-19
Italy’s first known fatality from Covid-19 was a 77-year-old man from Vo.
# Young Guns
'These are guys we've all earmarked but we've got to make sure they're ready'
Ireland boss Andy Farrell said he can’t rush promising young players into Test rugby.
# concerns
Farrell needs Ireland's attack to get firing for 'dangerous' Italy trip
After a blunt performance against France, the Mike Catt-coached Ireland attack needs to improve.
# Selection
With pressure on, Farrell seems unlikely to go for great experimentation in Italy
Ireland must now fight to turn their Six Nations campaign around after two defeats.
# future view
'Ireland need to de-structure the game a little bit, play at a huge tempo'
This week’s edition of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra involved plenty of discussion of Ireland’s attack.
# Back on the Horse
Ireland name 24-man squad for training camp as Farrell releases 12 players
The likes of Bundee Aki will get game time this weekend in the Guinness Pro14.
# Bouncing Back
England kick-start Six Nations defence with bonus-point win against Italy
Eddie Jones’ men had too much for an Italian side that showed promise at Twickenham.