Rugby U


Afternoon all. @NiallHawthorne here to bring you Ireland v Italy in the 6 Nations from Landsdowne Road. Almost trembling here. Almost.

We have 30 minutes to kick-off in Dublin. The 'pundits' are pitch-side without coats/umbrellas, so conditions seem to be perfect.

Let's have a quick look at the table heading into this weekends round of games. Magnificent...if you turn it upside down.

I have Donal Lenihan on my TV for the build-up. The man is 56 years of age, but he wears a moustache that is 68 years old. Hirsute.

RIght, let's get some formalities out of the way, shall we? Time for the teams (i.e. Those still fit enough to tog out)...

IRE XV: Zebo, Trimble, Payne, Henshaw, Earls, Johnny Of The Hundred Hoo-Haa's, Murray, McGrath, Best, Ross, Ryan, Toner, CJ, VdF, Heaslip

ITA XV: Odiete, Sarto, Campagnaro, Garcia, Bellini, Padovani, Palazzani, Lovotti, Giazzon, Cittadini, Biagi, Fuser, Minto, Zanni, Parisse

IRE SUBS: Cronin, Bealham, White, Dillane, Ruddock, Madigan, Marmion, McFadden

ITA SUBS: Baggio, Vialli, Pirlo, Schillachi, Baresi, Maldini, Buffon.

Dublin City, as ever on a 6 Nations weekend, has been brought to life by the visiting fans. You can't miss them....