Joe Simpson try

THE SAINTS Club crackers Who needs the international stars? The two televised Aviva Premiership games at the weekend were belters. “A sensational game. The last 20, I could watch that…

Liam Williams try

Scotland shocked the Irish, France put the wind up the English. Italy, however, were unable to keep the surprises going on the opening weekend of the RBS 6 Nations as…

Few current players are as universally admired and lauded as Sergio Parisse. Rarely is a bad word written or spoken about Italy’s talismanic captain in the sporting media as his…

Ireland answered their critics and ran nine tries past a poor and injury-hit Italy side to notch up their first win of this RBS 6 Nations in comprehensive style. It…

Italy led for 45 minutes in all, but two long-range second-half penalties by Jules Plisson put France ahead in the last five minutes and when Italy set up a chance…

Italy

I have an admission. On Saturday afternoon I passed up the opportunity of watching my local club, Stade Francais, in the Champions Cup. I went Christmas shopping instead. Unpardonable? Perhaps,…

Alessandro Zanni

Italy romped to a four-try bonus point victory at a boisterous Sandy Park on the final day of the Pool stages. Tries in the first-half by Sarto, Gori and Allan…

Sergio Parisse

One of the biggest disappointments of the World Cup will be that Italy star Sergio Parisse managed just 64 minutes during the Azzurri’s Pool D campaign. It’s no coincidence that…