Sunday, 18 February, 2018

Ireland's Thrashing Of Italy Has Certainly Come At A Cost

Ireland vs Italy Live stream TV channel kick-off time and team news for Six Nations GETTYIreland vs Italy Live stream TV channel kick-off time and team news for Six Nations
Steve Townsend | 12 February, 2018, 01:21

Ireland crushed Italy to make it two wins from two in this season's NatWest 6 Nations on Saturday afternoon in Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

There was no place in the squad for Irish-born flyhalf Ian McKinley, who made his worldwide debut for Italy in November after losing the sight in one eye when hit by a stray boot in a club match in Ireland in 2010.

There is talk that if any side is to deny defending champions England an unprecedented hat-trick of Six Nations titles, it will be Joe Schmidt's men. Ireland eased to a 63-10 win over the Italians in Rome a year ago.

Parisse was speaking after Ireland beat the Italians 56-19 in Dublin, just six days after Italy lost 46-15 to Eddie Jones' side in Rome.

"We're so happy we were able to give tickets away to such big rugby supporters and glad they got to experience a Welsh winning atmosphere at Principality Stadium".

Quaglio, after three appearances off the bench, comes in for Andrea Lovotti while Steyn replaces youngster Renato Giammarioli in a strengthening of the scrum.

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

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By that stage, Ireland had the bonus point in the bag thanks to tries from Henshaw, Conor Murray, Bundee Aki and Keith Earls, all by the 35 minute.

Sexton's fourth goal made it 28-0 at the break and effectively finished the match as a serious contest as well as securing the bonus-point.

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.

Henshaw added his second try early in the second-half but landed in obvious agony on his shoulder, his leg beating against the ground through pain.

The were comments welcomed by Ireland captain Rory Best.

Stockdale soon had his second and Ireland's eighth before Italy grabbed a third late on through Matteo Minozzi.

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