Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Italy resist naming McKinley against Irish

Italy resist naming McKinley against Irish

Schmidt's opposite number Conor O'Shea said he had seen enough in three halves of rugby against Six Nations favourites Ireland and England to show his side can do something in the championship.

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. Ireland eased to a 63-10 win over the Italians in Rome previous year.

Scotland have a dismal record against France, having just one win - the 2016 Six Nations victory - in the last 12 meetings between the nations, but with a raucous Murrayfield faithful behind them Townsend's men will be desperate to find their try-scoring best and inject hope into their Six Nations bid.

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.

Ireland kept the ball in hand early on and were three tries to the good after 20 minutes thanks to Henshaw, Bundee Aki and the pick from Conor Murray.

Aki then turned creator as he made a terrific break to set up Keith Earls to go over to seal the bonus point and Sexton converted to send the Irish in 28-0 up at the break.

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It was a better performance from Schmidt's men following last weekend's 15-13 win over France, as centre Robbie Henshaw and left wing Jacob Stockdale both crossed for braces.

In a gruesome incident, the 24-year-old touched down early in the second half and appeared to dislocate his shoulder in the process.

The outside centre bagged two tries today, but landed rather awkwardly when scoring the second.

That didn't stop the onslaught as Rory Best went over and Joey Carbery added the conversion.

Stockdale outpaced an Italy defender to cross for his second, before Italy earned their third try as full-back Matteo Minozzi beat Jordan Larmour to the corner to squeeze over.

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