Italian coach Jacques Brunel surprised by "resting" captain Sergio Parisse for Saturday's Six Nations match against Ireland.
The Ireland coaching team has made just one change to the starting XV that narrowly lost to England, for the Six Nations clash against Italy.
Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton could be sidelined for the remainder of the Six Nations tournament due to a thumb injury.
Having had his first taste of Test rugby in Ireland’s 10-13 Six Nations loss to England at Twickenham last Saturday, Leinster flank Jordi Murphy is hungry for more.
Brian O'Driscoll and Peter O'Mahony are Ireland’s only injury concerns ahead of next weekend’s Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin.
Stunned Italian coach Jacques Brunel is hoping for a reaction from the Azzurri after Scotland snatched a 21-20 victory in Rome.
A last-minute drop-goal from flyhalf Duncan Weir gave Scotland a dramatic 21-20 victory over Italy in Rome on Saturday.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel has warned against a possible backlash from Scotland when his side host the Six Nations strugglers at Rome's Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Captain Sergio Parisse is hoping the Stadio Olimpico can play its part in getting Italy back to winning ways against Scotland in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Scotland coach Scott Johnson insisted the barrage of criticism that has come his way in recent weeks would have no effect on him.
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