Nigel Carolan’s young Irish squad got their tournament off to a fine start with a win over Italy in atrocious weather at the Stadio Lamarmora in Biella.
With so many players now graduating from the u20 programs to senior international level, it’s a surefire way to catch a glimpse of the stars of the future.
Rampaging winger Giovanbattista Venditti returns to the Azzurri in one of several changes to the initial Italian offering for the upcoming Six Nations.
Did it ever really stop? A look at a number of recent transfer announcements, for this season and next, and their implications for both club and country.
A review of five other test matches from this past weekend, including matches in Italy, Scotland, England, France, and Georgia.
After coming up short against Argentina in a match they probably should have won, Italy welcome South Africa with only the faintest hint of sincerity.
It wasn’t easy, with more strong team performances than individual ones, but a team has been scraped together with 12 different countries represented!
Argentina recovered from a poor first half to win a stagnant encounter against Italy at the Stadio Ferraris in a match played a day earlier than intended.
A last minute preemptive reschedule sees the Pumas take on the Azzurri a day earlier than expected, with rain expected to pour down on Genova all weekend.
Kelly Haimona kicked four penalty goals and one conversion as Italy toppled Manu Samoa in a wretched match riddled with handling errors and average play.