We take a look at five key talking points in the 2014 Six Nations as the Championship enters yet another pivotal weekend in Round Four.
Italy's Tommaso Allan says he's ready for an emotional Six Nations clash against Scotland, but insists his head is focused on the rugby....
Italy captain Sergio Parisse is more concerned about claiming victory over Scotland than the cap record he is about to break on Saturday....
Winless and under-fire Scotland head for Rome on Saturday with their backs to the wall while the Azzurri sharpen their knives.
We are a third of the way through the tournament and teams are already showing what their prospects might be like for this year.
Michele Rizzo and Rabah Slimani, replacement prop forwards for Italy and France respectively, have been suspended for two weeks.
Now that the dust has settled across Europe, it's time to pick out the players who stood out from the crowd in Round 2 of the Six Nations....
Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes to his starting XV to face France in Paris on Sunday.
Italy visit Paris on Sunday for a clash that marks France's 700th official Test and offers the hosts a chance to lay down a marker.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse believes his team's performance away to Wales in Cardiff last weekend was one of their best ever.
Now that the dust has settled across Europe, it's time to pick out the players who stood out from the crowd in Round 1 of the Six Nations....
Reigning champions Wales saw off a promising Italian side 23-15 thanks to tries from Alex Cuthbert and Scott Williams.
With the Six Nations kicking off this weekend, we take a closer look at the prospects of each competing team. Next up, Italy.
Despite the burden of a number of injured players, Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has remained buoyant ahead of the Six Nations.
Italy wing Giovanbattista Venditti is expected to miss the Azzurri's first two matches in this year's Six Nations.
Italy pivot Tommaso Allan's good showings in the Top 14 has earned himself a two-year contract extension from his club Perpignan.
Next year's Northern Hemisphere showpiece is difficult to call following a frustrating November Test window for all concerned.