Italy coach Conor O'Shea has included former Ireland Under-20 fly-half Ian McKinley in a 34-man training squad ahead of his side's autumn internationals.
Former Ireland boss Michael Bradley has been named head coach of Italian side Zebre ahead of the new Guinness PRO12 season.
The Wallabies have have held off a fast-finishing Italy to escape with a heartstopping 40-27 win in Saturday's final June Test in Brisbane.
Warren Gatland may have taken out the award for multiple selection day shocks, but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen pulled his own swiftie with the shock promotion of Rieko Ioane.
Gregor Townsend started his time as Scotland's national coach with a victory over Italy at the Singapore National Stadium.
Gregor Townsend began his reign as Scotland head coach with a 34-13 victory over Italy in Singapore.
England began their defence of the World Rugby U20 Championship by hammering Samoa 74-17 in Georgia.
Italy will lose its right to an automatic Champions Cup place from next season after tournament organisers announced an overhaul of its qualification process.
France to bow out in pool play? Ireland to finally feature in the last four? ESPN's global writers put their reputations on the line with these way too early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019.
As with any Rugby World Cup there's always massive issues and talking points that take the limelight -- but what will be on everyone's minds come 2019 in Japan?
Gregor Townsend's first match as Scotland head coach will be against Italy in Singapore, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced.
The Springboks have appointed Brendan Venter as their new defence coach.
The Scottish Rugby Union has hit back at the Rugby Football Union's wish to shorten the Six Nations to a six-week tournament.
England are Six Nations champions again, Italy have the wooden spoon again. It's all so 2016. So what did we learn from the 2017 championship? ESPN's writers cast their eye over every nation.
Owen Farrell, Joe Launchbury and Maro Itoje have been named on the 12-strong shortlist for this season's Six Nations player of the championship.
Now that the curtain has come down on the 2017 Six Nations, ESPN's rugby writers Tom Hamilton and Martyn Thomas hand out their awards from player of the tournament to biggest disappointment.
So how will we remember the 2017 Six Nations? Perhaps for proof that Eddie Jones's England were exceptional rather than invincible and welcome signs of life from France and Scotland.
The Vern Cotter era in Scottish rugby ended in celebratory fashion as they thumped Italy at Murrayfield.
Vern Cotter takes charge of his final game as Scotland head coach as Italy visit Edinburgh to kick off Super Saturday.
All the key stats and team news ahead of the fifth round of the Women's Six Nations as both England face Ireland, with a Grand Slam on the line for the winner.
Scottish-born lock George Biagi has been named in the Italy side as one of four changes to Conor O'Shea's starting line-up for the Azzurri's final 2017 RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield.
Irvine-born Italian lock Georgie Biagi will start in the second-row against his country of birth in the final round of the Six Nations on Saturday.
England are closing in on a second successive Six Nations Grand Slam, but history shows it is far from a certainty.
Scotland may have been thrashed by England and face a farewell match for coach Vern Cotter, but coach Jonathan Humphreys has told them to focus on Italy.
France have consigned Italy to another wooden spoon in the Six Nations after a crushing 40-18 win at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
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