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Rugby World Cup 2019: Italy team guide

The buildup has not been great for the Azzurri but the return of Matteo Minozzi is reason for optimism Continue reading…

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England lose nothing but gain little with final warm-up in Newcastle

Eddie Jones made early tweaks before England thrashed Italy 37-0 at St James’ Park in their last action before the World CupThey say to always leave them wanting more and there can be little doubt England managed that. This was a first home Test agains…

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England fail to impress in World Cup warm-up victory over Italy

• England 37-0 Italy• Four second-half tries secure win after dismal openingIf this is how England are going to respond to unfamiliar surroundings at the forthcoming World Cup in Japan they are not going to frighten many opponents. Make all the polite …

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England v Italy: Rugby World Cup warm-up match – live!

England play their final warm-up game in NewcastleRobert Kitson: home tie lifts Wilson’s World Cup hopesGet in touch! Email Lee or tweet @bloodandmud 8.09pm BST 18 mins. Old skool catch and drive from the England pack rumbles them forward well into the…

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Short commute suits Mark Wilson’s England hopes of being big in Japan

Visit to Newcastle for last World Cup warm-up against Italy is just fine for the former Falcon flanker and northern fansThose who dismiss England’s final World Cup warm-up game against Italy as irrelevant clearly do not hail from a northern postcode. F…

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Eddie Jones risks big hitters as Joe Marler targets World Cup redemption

• Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs all face Italy• Marler says team can emulate England’s cricketersFew people, not least several of the players involved, would have accurately predicted England’s lineup for their final World Cup warm-up gam…

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England to let Ruaridh McConnochie loose on Italy in World Cup warm-up

• Third time lucky at Newcastle for uncapped Bath back• ‘He’s going to do well … he’s got good energy about him’England will finally unleash Bath’s uncapped Ruaridh McConnochie on Friday as they seek to conclude their World Cup preparations with a flou…

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Joey Carbery injury mars Ireland’s World Cup warm-up victory over Italy

• World Cup warm-up: Ireland 29-10 Italy• Johnny Sexton’s stand-in carried off in DublinJoey Carbery’s injury scare took the gloss of a routine World Cup warm-up victory for Ireland over Italy in Dublin. The fly-half had turned in a polished performanc…

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No doubting that Warren Gatland’s Wales deserve their grand slam | Robert KItson

High-class defence and rare stamina make Wales second in the world and leave their Six Nations rivals struggling in their wakeThere is no such thing as an accidental grand slam. Winning five games on the trot in testing conditions against reliably moti…

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France survive Italy scare thanks to Damian Penaud’s one-man show

• Italy 14-25 France• Penaud stops Italy scoring then puts game beyond doubtItaly’s losing sequence in the Guinness Six Nations extended to a record 22 matches but France were pushed all the way before prevailing 25-14 at the Stadio Olimpico.The form o…

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Italy v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off in RomePaul Rees: Gatland and Schmidt hope for happy endingEmail Tom or tweet @Tbassam with your thoughts 1.08pm GMT 31 mins: Italy deal with the French threat well and we’re back in midfield. 1.06pm GM…

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Eddie Jones tells Six Nations to consider relegation after latest Italy defeat

• Italy have lost 21st successive Six Nations matches• England coach says competition must feature best teamsEddie Jones has called for Six Nations organisers to consider introducing relegation after Italy fell to a 21st successive Championship defeat …

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Rampaging Joe Cokanasiga looks like England’s own Jonah Lomu | Robert Kitson

The winger showed off the skills to match his more obvious strength and speed and left Italy in his considerable wakeBlue is not the colour to wear at Twickenham. This was the 29th time England have hosted a Six Nations Test against Italy, France and S…

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Eddie Jones out for Six Nations revenge after Scotland taunts last year

• England head coach turns thoughts to Scots after win over Italy• ‘I remember everything that was said, how they carried on’The destiny of the Six Nations may be out of England’s control despite their 57-14 win against Italy, but Eddie Jones warned th…

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England 57-14 Italy: Six Nations player ratings from Twickenham

Joe Cokanasiga, who wreaked havoc right from the start and always posed an attacking threat, was England’s man of the match in their 43-point win over ItalyElliot Daly Came into the line time and again, adding another playmaking option with no Slade. I…

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Irrepressible Manu Tuilagi inspires England to thumping win over Italy

• England 57-14 Italy• Tuilagi and Brad Shields score two tries apieceEngland had size but for Italy there were only more sighs. The home side have scored more than 100 points in their last two games here in the Six Nations, but they will not win the t…

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England v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 4.45pm GMT kick-offWomen’s Six Nations: England thrash Italy 55-0And you can email Barry here or tweet him here 4.49pm GMT 2 min: England 0-0 Italy England get the ball out wide, Cokanasiga catches a high ball and almost pu…

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Italy not planning champagne rugby against England, Sergio Parisse says

• Italy intent on putting pressure on hosts at Twickenham• ‘We respect England but will play our own game,’ says captainIt has been England’s party line all week that they are expecting the unexpected on Saturday, all too aware of how they were bambooz…

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Joe Cokanasiga and England’s heavy artillery primed to flatten Italy | Robert Kitson

The selection of Te’o, Tuilagi and Cokanasiga alongside each other has been made with one eye on the World Cup and should give the home side formidable firepower at TwickenhamAs sure things go, sticking a few quid on England to beat Italy at Twickenham…

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Italy’s Conor O’Shea backs Nations Championship despite relegation threat

• Team finishing bottom of Six Nations would face play-off• ‘If the rich kids just win everything we don’t have a game’The Italy head coach, Conor O’Shea, has come out in support of World Rugby’s controversial proposal for a new global league despite t…