Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has confirmed his 31-man squad for this year's Rugby World Cup in England.
Quintin Geldenhuys will lead Italy in their first World Cup warm-up game against Scotland in Turin on Saturday.
Italy centre Michele Campagnaro is expecting a huge step up when he joins Premiership side Exeter Chiefs after the Rugby World Cup.
Italy will be without first-choice fly-half Kelly Haimona at the World Cup after he failed to recover from a broken arm in time.
Italy back row Samuela Vunisa had no hesitation in joining Saracens from Zebre when the offer came along.
Last year's defeated finalists South Africa got off to a winning start against hosts Italy with a 33-5 victory.
England will look to make it three wins in a row at the World Rugby U20 Championship but they face stiff competition.
Edoardo Gori, the Treviso scrum-half, has been given a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle against Leinster in last week's match.
Treviso have announced that powerful back-row forward Robert Barbieri will rejoin the Italian side next season from Leicester Tigers....
Toulon tighthead prop Martin Castrogiovanni has reportedly rejected a contract extension with the club beyond this season.
Ireland captain and lock Paul O'Connell has been awarded the Six Nations Player of the Year gong after getting 26 percent of the votes....
Italy fly-half Kelly Haimona has been ruled out for up to three months after undergoing surgery on the arm injury he suffered against...
European Nations Cup champions Georgia have climbed above Italy in the latest World Rugby Rankings.
Stand-in Italy captain Leonardo Ghiraldini was heavily critical of his team's mental failings after they were thrashed by Wales.
Wales ran in 47 second-half points as they beat Italy 61-20 in Rome, giving themselves the best possible chance of winning the Six Nations....
Would it be an exaggeration to suggest Italy are the favourites to beat France in their Six Nations clash in Rome on Sunday?
Italy will be without talisman Sergio Parisse as they make five changes for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Wales in Rome.