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6hPA Sport

O'Shea: We must grow and expand rugby

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.

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3dEnrico Borra

Why Italian rugby will benefit from Six Nations playoffs

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.

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3dTom Hamilton

Six Nations Preview -- England vs. Italy

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.

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4dJohn Griffiths

Fantasy Rugby: Who to pick for Week 3

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.

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5dHuw Richards

Italy's false dawn: The deceleration of the Azzurri

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.

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17dHuw Richards

Ivan Francescato: The Azzurri's 'glue' of the 1990s

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.

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13dGreg Growden

Dan Biggar the man to counter Beauden Barrett for Lions

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.

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14dESPN Staff

O'Shea: Ireland better than Wales

Conor O'Shea said the Irish team that "battered" his Italy in the Six Nations Saturday are a superior side to Wales.

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15dTom Hamilton

Time for the real Six Nations favourite to emerge from the pack

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.

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16dKillian O'Connor

Six Nations Preview -- Italy vs. Ireland

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.

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17dPA Sport

Care: O'Shea 'tailor-made' for Italian Job

Danny Care shares his insight into dealings with Conor O'Shea at Harlequins as the former Ireland fullback looks to revitalise Italian rugby.

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18dJohn Griffiths

Fantasy Rugby: What we learned from Week 1

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.

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20dGreg Growden

Beware, England, you've awoken Fast Eddie

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.

2017 RankingsSix Nations

  • ITALY5th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Ireland : 12 Tries Scored
    IRE1st
    2
    12
  • ITALY6th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Ireland : 48 Points Difference
    IRE1st
    -79
    48