Ireland Get Ready For 6 Nations Clash With Italy

Ireland Get Ready For 6 Nations Clash With Italy

Italy captain Sergio Parisse is well placed to compare the two leading contenders for the Natwest 6 Nations - Ireland and England.

Lisa Willington, 43, entered Principality Building Society's competition offering rugby lovers the chance to join the 74,500-strong crowd on Saturday at the sold out Wales v Scotland match at Principality Stadium.

A mother from Haverfordwest gave her son a weekend to remember after winning a pair of tickets to Wales' opening match in the Six Nations tournament.

So will Conor O'Shea's Italy team (this might look like a typo, but it isn't) manage to break an unwanted 21-year-old winless streak in Dublin?

Ireland, well - Johnny Sexton, produced a moment which will enter rugby folklore in Round 1 as the Leinster Rugby fly-half landed a 45-metre drop-goal after 41 phases of play to snatch a last-gasp victory from the hands of France, while Italy were put to the sword by a rampant England, eventually being condemned to a 46-15 defeat in Rome.

But fans at least went home happy after a routine win in which five players - one starter and four replacements - got their first taste of the Six Nations.

Courtney Lawes of England misses a tackle on Shingler in the Six Nations match on Saturday
Courtney Lawes of England misses a tackle on Shingler in the Six Nations match on Saturday

The changes are all in the pack, with Luca Bigi is in for Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker, Nicola Quaglio at loosehead replacing Andrea Lovotti and Braam Steyn at openside in for Renato Giammarioli.

The Men in Green added a second try three minutes later when number eight Jack Conan and scrum-half Conor Murray combined to send the latter over the whitewash.

"Tadhg is okay, It was precautionary, he was tight in the hamstring, he hadn't any problems during the week so we're hopeful that won't be anything that gets in the way of him potentially training a bit by Thursday next week and then getting into a full week of preparation the following week for Wales".

New Zealand-born centre Bundee Aki scored one of the quartet - his first for his adopted country - and set up Keith Earls for the fourth one.

Tommaso Allan, Eduardo Gori and Matteo Minozzi got on the board in the second half.

Centre Robbie Henshaw scored two of them, with winger Jacob Stockdale also grabbing a brace.


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