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Inside Italy's battle for Six Nations relevancy

A 31-point defeat by England on Sunday seems to mark yet another year of toil for Italy in the Six Nations. But behind the scorelines, coach Conor O'Shea is leading a quiet rugby revolution in a country that does not recognise the sport as professional.

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Challenge Cup: Morgan gives Blues victory

Winger Ollie Thorley ran in four tries as Gloucester coasted to a 69-12 European Challenge Cup Pool 3 victory over winless Zebre.

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Challenge Cup: Gloucester fight back in Italy

Ollie Thorley scored a try in each half as Gloucester came from behind to claim a 33-26 bonus-point win over Zebre in European Challenge Cup Pool Three, while there was also wins for Newcastle, Sale and Worcester.

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McKinley, Hayward in Italy autumn squad

Italy have included five uncapped players in their squad for the autumn internationals including Irish-born Ian McKinley.

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O'Shea names McKinley in Italy squad

Italy coach Conor O'Shea has included former Ireland Under-20 fly-half Ian McKinley in a 34-man training squad ahead of his side's autumn internationals.

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Cheetahs kick off PRO14 in Ulster

South African franchise the Cheetahs will get their first taste of PRO14 action on Friday, Sept. 1 as they take on Ulster at Kingspan Stadium.

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The issues facing expanded PRO14

It is not difficult to see why Celtic Rugby would jump at the chance to breath new life into the rebranded PRO14. But the organisers face issues as they attempt to make the expansion work.

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PRO14 expansion explained

Tuesday brought official confirmation that South African sides the Cheetahs and Southern Kings would, as expected, join an expanded PRO14 competition. But what will the new championship look like?

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FIR to meet with Zebre players, new directors

Italian rugby officials will meet with Zebre's players and new directors on Monday after it was confirmed that the club's former owners will not enter a team in the 2017-18 PRO12 season.

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Champions Cup: Italy to lose automatic spot

Italy will lose its right to an automatic Champions Cup place from next season after tournament organisers announced an overhaul of its qualification process.

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Ulster trounce Zebre for fifth straight win

Ulster racked up their fifth successive win by trouncing bottom side Zebre 68-21 to move up to fourth in the PRO12 and back into contention for the play-offs.

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Festuccia returns to Wasps

Former Italy hooker re-joins Wasps on a short term deal - eight months after leaving the club.

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Young focused on performance against Zebre

Dai Young has stressed a need for Wasps to "hit the ground running" when they chase a European Champions Cup quarter-final place on Sunday.

Jones, pictured with England's James Haskell, coached the Wallabies from 2001 to 2005. The Aussie started coaching England in 2015.
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Haskell fit for Wasps and backed for England

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young expects James Haskell to play a big part in England's Six Nations campaign after declaring him fully fit.

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Who said what: Champions Cup Round 1

All the reaction from around the grounds as Europe's premier club rugby competition returns for a new campaign.

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PRO12: Leinster, Connacht book home semis

Leinster finished the league season top of the PRO12 standings, on an enthralling day of action that also saw Connacht book a home playoff semifinal.

2019 RankingsEuropean Rugby Challenge Cup

  • ZEB9th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Clermont Auvergne : 44 Tries Scored
  • ZEB11th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Clermont Auvergne : 187 Points Difference