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Rugby Union: Allan to start for Italy against Argentina

Italy coach Jacques Brunel will hand former Scotland under-20 player Tommaso Allan his full debut when the Azzurri host Argentina in the third and final test of their November series on Saturday. Italy-born Allan, who has made substitute appearances for Italy after being drafted into the squad last month, is one of three changes for the clash against the Pumas at the Olympic Stadium. The 20-year-old Perpignan replaces Luciano Orquera, who drops to the bench, with Michele Campagnaro starting at outside centre in place of veteran Gonzalo Canale.

RugbyU: Fiji to complain at ref's yellow card record

Fiji on Thursday announced plans to lodge a formal complaint about a referee who handed the Pacific Islanders a world record of five yellow cards in a Test against Italy last weekend. Fiji were briefly reduced to 11 men in the first half of the 37-31 loss in Cremona when four players were sin-binned during eight minutes of mayhem. Another yellow followed in the second half and Italy also had captain Sergio Parisse sent to the sin bin during his 100th appearance.

RugbyU: Parisse, Castrogiovanni play down 100-cap landmark

Italy captain Sergio Parisse and prop Martin Castrogiovanni have brushed aside the importance of reaching career milestones as they prepare to pick up their 100th caps against Fiji on Saturday. But while their focus on helping restore some Italian belief, following a 50-20 mauling by Australia last week, is noble, their respective landmarks won't be lost on long-time fans of the Azzurri.

RugbyU: Brunel rings Italy changes for Fiji test

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made several changes from the starting XV that suffered heavy defeat to Australia last week ahead of the second November Test against Fiji on Saturday. Italy began their three-test November series hoping to build on a strong Six Nations performance earlier this year, having come close to stunning Australia in a 19-22 defeat this time last year.

RugbyU: Brunel rings Italy changes for Fiji test

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made several changes from the starting XV that suffered heavy defeat to Australia last week ahead of the second November Test against Fiji on Saturday. Captain and No 8 Sergio Parisse and prop Martin Castrogiovanni are set to make their 100th appearances for Italy in Cremona, but the veterans are among only seven players to retain their starting place.

RugbyU: Italy not taking wounded Aussies for granted

Italy coach Jacques Brunel said he would not be taking a wounded Australia for granted ahead of looking to claim an historic first win over the Wallabies when the sides meet in Turin on Saturday. Australia's hopes for a Grand Slam of five victories on their end-of-season tour of Europe were kept in check at Twickenham last week when England rallied from a 13-6 half-time deficit to win 20-13.

RugbyU: Italy not taking wounded Aussies for granted

Italy coach Jacques Brunel said he would not be taking a wounded Australia for granted ahead of looking to claim an historic first win over the Wallabies when the sides meet in Turin on Saturday. Australia's hopes for a Grand Slam of five victories on their end-of-season tour of Europe were kept in check at Twickenham last week when England rallied from a 13-6 half-time deficit to win 20-13.

RugbyU: Welsh quartet in race for Six Nations accolade

Four members of the Six Nations-winning Wales team, Adam Jones, Mike Phillips, Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny, are in the running for the award for the player of the championship. Organisers said the shortlist of 15 had been "compiled through technical statistics, and crucially, fan opinion". Jones for instance "only missed one tackle in the Championship", while Phillips "made more passes than any other player (279)".

RugbyU: Italy tame Irish on Lo Cicero's farewell

Italy produced a breathtaking display to hand Ireland a 22-15 defeat on what was Andrea Lo Cicero's 103rd and final appearance for the Azzurri and possibly Brian O'Driscoll's last game in an Irish shirt. Italy had started this campaign with a 23-18 victory over France and after defeats to Scotland, England and Wales ended it with another deserved win over one of the pre-tournament favourites. It was Italy's fourth win over the Irish but first in the Six Nations.

RugbyU: Italy tame Irish on Lo Cicero's farewell

Six Nations minnows Italy produced a breathtaking display to hand Ireland a 22-15 defeat at Rome's Olympic Stadium on what was veteran Andrea Lo Cicero's 103rd and final appearance for the Azzurri. Italy had started this campaign with a 23-18 victory over France and after defeats to Scotland, England and Wales sealed it with another deserved win over another of the pre-tournament favourites. Italy have now won twice in the Six Nations for only the second time, the last being in 2007.
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