Conor O'Shea has reacted to scrutiny of Italy's place in the RBS 6 Nations by declaring the tournament should be expanded if the sport is to flourish.
As the Six Nations reaches its crucial third weekend, the debate over promotion and relegation continues to form a backdrop to the on-field action.
Enrico Borra argues why introducing a playoff system to the Six Nations will benefit the long-term growth of the tier two nations but says Italy must improve to stave off the doubters.
All the key stats and team news ahead of the third round of the Women's Six Nations.
Italy are heavy underdogs for Sunday's Six Nations match against England at Twickenham but Eddie Jones' side will be wary of complacency as they chase win number 17 on the bounce.
Italy coach Conor O'Shea has made four changes to his starting XV ahead of Italy's Six Nations trip to England on Sunday.
A trio of Irishmen dominated the second round of the 2017 Fantasy Six Nations, leaving some important questions to be answered regarding who you should pick for Week 3.
It's been almost 20 years since the Azzurri stunned France in one of the great moments in Italian rugby history -- but that it ranks quite so high is perhaps a disappointment writes Huw Richards.
Ivan Francescato was perhaps the most vivid of the brilliant generation of players who made Italy's inclusion in the Six Nations championship irresistible by their performances in the 1990s.
If the British & Irish Lions are to have any chance against the All Blacks this year they must find a pivot who can counter the ingenuity, skill and vision of Beauden Barrett.
Conor O'Shea said the Irish team that "battered" his Italy in the Six Nations Saturday are a superior side to Wales.
CJ Stander and Craig Gilroy both bagged hat-tricks as Ireland claimed a record RBS 6 Nations victory over Italy with a 63-10 thumping in Rome.
After round one of the Six Nations, there is a lack of clarity over who the front-runner is for the title. This weekend we should get a clear picture of just who are the team to beat.
Joe Schmidt has challenged Ireland to emerge from any professional-era comfort blanket to set their RBS 6 Nations campaign back on track in Italy this weekend.
Johnny Sexton has lost his fitness battle for Ireland's Six Nations trip to the Stadio Olimpico, but Joe Schmidt can recall Donnacha Ryan as they look to get back to winning ways against Italy.
After the saga surrounding the delayed bus journey to Murrayfield and a subsequent humbling at the hands of Scotland, Ireland and Joe Schmidt will be eager to put their Six Nations back on track in Rome.
Conor O'Shea makes four changes to Italy's starting side to face Ireland in Rome.
Danny Care shares his insight into dealings with Conor O'Shea at Harlequins as the former Ireland fullback looks to revitalise Italian rugby.
Backs dominated the opening round of the 2017 Fantasy Six Nations, leaving some important questions to be answered regarding who you should pick for Week 2.
Ireland assistant coach not happy with side's lack of appetite without the ball during their first round loss to Scotland.
Italy talisman Sergio Parisse faces a battle to recover from a neck injury in time to face Ireland in Rome on Saturday.
Beware England players, you should prepare yourselves for a horror week on the training track. Your 'cruise control' effort against France will see the return of Fast Eddie, Greg Growden writes.
Conor O'Shea says he wants to see Italy "refereed on a level playing field" after their RBS 6 Nations campaign began with a 33-7 home defeat against Wales.
Captain Alun Wyn Jones said Wales had their "foot in the door" after getting their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start.
A George North wonder try helped Wales get their 2017 RBS 6 Nations campaign off to a winning start as they beat Italy 33-7 in Rome.