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 will be without talisman Sergio Parisse as they make five changes for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Wales in Rome.
Wales ended Ireland's hopes of a Six Nations Grand Slam and in the process climbed to fifth in the World Rugby Rankings.
Jacques Brunel admits Italy paid the price for not taking advantage their early possession in their heavy defeat at home to France.
Yoann Maestri's first international try helped France to a morale-boosting 29-0 victory over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Would it be an exaggeration to suggest Italy are the favourites to beat France in their Six Nations clash in Rome on Sunday?
Martin Castrogiovanni has been dropped by Italy for their last two Six Nations games after missing Saturday's win over Scotland.
Saracens have announced the signing of Italian international back-rower Samuela Vunisa from PRO12 strugglers Zebre.
The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) have confirmed that they will throw their hat into the ring to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Ireland have moved back up to third spot in the World Rugby Rankings after their impressive 19-9 Six Nations win over England on Sunday....
Sergio Parisse believes Italy proved a point in Edinburgh this weekend with their last-gasp win over Scotland.
Italy claimed a rare Six Nations victory on the road on Saturday, coming from behind to beat Scotland 22-19 at Murrayfield.
Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni will miss Saturday's Six Nations clash with Scotland after being bitten on the nose by a friend's dog....
Jonathan Joseph stole the show with two tries as England dispatched Italy 47-17 at Twickenham in the Six Nations.
Italy will be without centre Michele Campagnaro for the remainder of the Six Nations after he suffered a knee ligament injury.