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Saturday 11th February 14:25 GMT

 

Italy and Ireland get Round 2 of the 2017 Six Nations tournament underway, when they face each other on Saturday afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Italians seeking a first 6-Nations victory over Ireland since 2013, and only the second ever. Both sides were beaten in their opening fixture last weekend, Italy going down in Rome to Wales by 7-33, outscored by 1-3 tries, after a tight first half after which Italy had led and had threatened that they could cause a major upset. All three of the tries that the Azzuri conceded came in the last 20 minutes of the game, a period during which Wales were dominant, and Italy could have conceded even more points than they ultimately did.

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Ireland had come into the tournament highly fancied as perspective Champions, after their Autumn showings against the All Blacks. However, they came unstuck in Edinburgh against Scotland, the damage being done in the early stages, when Ireland conceded three tries, and found themselves trailing by 5-21 at the break. A spirited fightback saw them edge ahead 22-21, but two late penalties were to finally sink them, with the final score being 22-27. The only consolation for the Irish side, being that they did at least collect a losing bonus point.

Posted: 7th February 2015

 

Last season's 6-Nations wooden spoonists, Italy, open this season's campaign at home to last season's Champions Ireland on Saturday afternoon, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. When the Irish made their first visit to the venue in 2013, they were beaten by the Azzurri for the first time in the Six Nations, bullied by an Italian pack that was in irresistible form, the final score being 22-15 to the home side.

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If the Ireland pack had a rough ride in 2013, they could have an even more difficult afternoon in prospect this coming weekend, with the absences from the Champions pack. Sean O'Brien is selected despite only just returning from injury, while Jamie Heaslip failed a fitness test. giving Jordi Murphy a chance to start at No.8. The experienced loosehead prop Cian Healy also misses the game through injury, and the relatively inexperienced 25 year old Jack McGrath comes in to the starting XV. In contrast the Italian pack will contain iconic figures Leonardo Ghiraldini, Martin Castrogiovanni and Sergio Parisse, who between just the three of them can boast 285 caps. The Irish have also been forced to replace fly-half Jonathan Sexton, who misses the game as the result of concussion protocol, and is replaced by Munster's Ian Keatley.

Posted: 16th March 2013

 

On Saturday, the 16th of March, Italy and Ireland play in Rome at15:30 local time and 14:30 GMT in the Six Nations Competition. Italy is at the second to last spot in the Six Nations table. They have played four games so far this season, but were only able to win one of them, with no draws, losing the other three. They have two points at the moment, and there is France right below them, who have had no wins so far this season, but they were able to grab a single draw and for that they will end up with a total of one point.

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Ireland comes in at fourth on the table with one win and one draw so far this season out of four games played. They have three points, and Scotland comes in above them with Wales in second place and England in first.


Tags: Six Nations, Stadio Olimpico, Italy, Ireland
Posted: 11th February 2017


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