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Italy's Sergio Parisse to retire after Six Nations

Italy's most-capped player Sergio Parisse will retire after this year's Six Nations, ending his 18-year career in front of home fans in the Stadio Olimpico.

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Italian duo receive three-match bans for spear tackle

Prop Andrea Lovotti and replacement Nicola Quaglio will miss Italy's final World Cup game after both players received three-week bans for a lifting tackle on Springboks No. 8 Duane Vermeulen.

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109dSam Bruce

Springboks need to polish attack to challenge Rugby World Cup rivals

South Africa have more than enough firepower up front to handle prospective quarterfinal rivals. but they require far better clarity on their attacking strategy and execution to ensure physical dominance generates full capital, writes Sam Bruce.

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South Africa outmuscle Italy at Rugby World Cup

South Africa ramped up the physicality to defeat Italy 49-3 in Shizuoka, crushing opponents reduced to 14 men for most of the second half and moving above them and New Zealand to the top of Rugby World Cup Pool B.

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Scoring burst helps Italy to win against Namibia

Italy scored three tries within the space of 10 minutes either side of halftime to give themselves some breathing room against a stubborn Namibia before recording a 47-22 win in their Pool B opener at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka on Sunday.

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England complete World Cup preparation with Italy thrashing

A mix and match England team overcame a patchy start to run in four second-half tries and finish their World Cup preparations with a healthy 37-0 victory over Italy at Newcastle United's St James' Park ground on Friday.

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England 'mix and match' for Italy clash

Head coach Eddie Jones has opted for an experimental team in England's final Rugby World Cup warm-up Test, which comes against Italy Friday at St James' Park.

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309dJames Harrington

ESPN Fantasy Rugby: Team of the Tournament

The 2019 Six Nations may be over, but which players made it into ESPN's Fantasy Rugby Team of the Tournament? Remarkably, only one of Wales' Grand Slam heroes makes the cut.

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311dJames Harrington

ESPN Fantasy Rugby: Round 5 Team of the Week

Gareth Anscombe guided Wales to the Six Nations title with a Man of the Match performance, and he got his rewards in our Six Nations Fantasy Rugby game too.

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313dJames Harrington

Fantasy Rugby 2019: Six Nations Week 5 Preview

It's the final week, and it's not just the Grand Slam and Six Nations that are on the line. Who's going to win you the points in the final push for ESPN Fantasy Rugby glory?

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316dJames Harrington

Fantasy Rugby: Team of the Week Round 4

England and Ireland's high-scoring stars dominate the Round 4 Fantasy Rugby Team of the Week.

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England run riot as Italy flounder at Twickenham

Two tries each for Manu Tuilagi and Brad Shields, and a star turn from Joe Cokanasiga, helped England to a resounding win over hapless Italy.

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319dTom Hamilton

Six Nations offers relief in rugby's turbulent times

Between the messy civil war in Welsh rugby, the salary cap problems of the English game and the confusion over a new 'Nations Championship', rugby is taking a battering, but the action on the pitch could provide welcome relief this weekend.

2019 RankingsSix Nations

  • ITALY5th
    Tries Scored 1st England : 24 Tries Scored
  • ITALY6th
    Points Difference 1st England : 83 Points Difference