Italy

  • Italy stuck in first gear

    Italy are now clear second favourites in their race to finish as Pool C runners-up behind the All Blacks after a desperately poor 31-5 win...

  • Tributes for Troncon

    The Parc des Princes will play host to a piece of rugby history on Wednesday, for it will be the scene of Alessandro Troncon's 100th...

  • Italian pair wait in the wings

    Italian coach Pierre Berbizier may be forced to give World Cup debuts to Matteo Pratichetti and Pablo Canavosio for their game against Portugal.

  • Italy forced into change

    Italy have been forced to make a change to their World Cup squad, after discovering that flanker Robert Barbieri will not be fit to take...

  • Italy can improve in time

    Italian captain Marco Bortolami was a relieved man after his side finally ground out a 24-18 win over Romania in Marseille on Wednesday.

  • Kirwan praises his troops

    Japan coach John Kirwan said his side were determined to prove they could perform at the top level after giving Fiji a fright before losing...

  • Italy uproot tough Oaks

    Italy grabbed a 24-18 win from their match against Romania in Marseille on Wednesday, but there was precious little else for Azzurri fans to crow...

  • Pez ready to rumble

    Having missed out on a starting berth in Italy's opening World Cup game, fly half Ramiro Pez is delighted to be back in the side...

  • Berbizier targets ABs

    Italy arrived in Marseille on Wednesday and coach Pierre Berbizier has set his sights on New Zealand. The Italians open their campaign against New Zealand...

  • Italy feeling the strain

    Italy coach Pierre Berbizier admits the tension is getting to his players ahead of the World Cup. The Azzurri will kick off their campaign with...

  • Del Fava answers Italy’s SOS

    Second row forward Carlo Del Fava has been drafted back into Italy's World Cup squad reports the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR).

  • Italy count the costs

    There was more than just the bitterness for Italy in a last-gasp 23-20 defeat at the hands of the Irish in Belfast on Friday. There...

  • Italians claim high ground in try dispute

    Furious Italy coach Pierre Berbizier was incensed by the decision that robbed his side of a shock victory at Ravenhill on Friday.

  • O’Connell looking forward to Italy match

    Irish mainstay Paul O'Connell has described Italy as the 'perfect opponents' for their historic clash in Belfast on Friday night.

  • Azzurri suffer early RWC blow

    Italy prop Fabio Staibano has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with unspecified physical problems. Two Azzurri players, Alessandro Zanni and Staibano, had...

  • Berbizier ‘satisfied’ with Japanese scalp

    Italy coach Pierre Berbizier claimed he was "satisfied" with the Azzurri's performance in their 36-12 win over Japan in a pre-World Cup warm-up match.

  • Del Fava forced out of World Cup

    Italy have been dealt an injury blow just three weeks ahead of the World Cup with news that second row Carlo Del Fava will miss...

  • One new cap in Italy RWC squad

    Italy coach Pierre Berbizier has named an experienced 30-man team for the World Cup in France, with the only uncapped addition being Fijian-born loose forward...

  • Berbizier to bow out with a bang

    Italy's French coach Pierre Berbizier is hoping to bow out on a high note with a competitive display in the forthcoming Rugby World Cup in...

  • Berbizier trims Italy Rugby World Cup squad

    Italy coach Pierre Berbizier has cut seven players from his Rugby World Cup hopefuls, including uncapped youngsters Paul Derbyshire and Alberto Sgarbi.

  • Eddie Jones turns down the Italian job

    Former Australia coach Eddie Jones has downplayed his chances of coaching against the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup, despite Italy being the fifth nation...

  • Scanavacca hangs up his boots

    Calvisano and Italy fly-half Andrea Scanavacca has announced his retirement from all levels of rugby union with immediate effect.

  • Scotland or bust for the Azzurri

    Italy head coach Pierre Berbizier has underlined the importance of the final Rugby World Cup Pool C game against Scotland, saying it is the crucial...

  • Italy U18 smash Lowveld Juniors

    The touring Italian Under-18 team beat Mpumalanga Lowveld Juniors 53-14 in , the second win of their four-match tour.

  • Two new caps for Italy squad

    Italian coach Pierre Berbizier has given two uncapped players the chance of a lifetime in his preliminary training squad for the Rugby World Cup.

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