Italy team to face Ireland in Six Nations

Dean Simpson
February 12, 2018

This thumping eight-try success was both predicted and predictable and was lapped up by the raucous Irish support at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland are now on an nine-game winning streak and have won 12 of their last 14 matches.

The former Ireland international's side are looking to bounce back from defeat by England in their opening Six Nations match.

Certainly the way they reduced the Azzurri to so much rubble will do their confidence levels no harm whatsoever ahead of the visit of Wales' in a fortnight's time.

Prop Nicola Quaglio will make his first start for Italy in one of three changes announced by coach Conor O'Shea on Thursday to the team for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin.

"Two of the tries came from the attack".

Henshaw was hurt in the act of scoring his second try as Ireland ran out 56-19 winners in Dublin to maintain their flawless start to the tournament.

Aki, whose earlier try was his first for his adopted nation, showed off his pace to set up the fourth as he sucked in the Italian defence to put winger Keith Earls clear to secure the extra point before halftime.

The procession continued after the restart as Henshaw went over in the 44th minute but he sustained an arm injury in the process and was forced off to be replaced by 20-year-old Larmour.

"Tadhg is okay, It was precautionary, he was tight in the hamstring, he hadn't any problems during the week so we're hopeful that won't be anything that gets in the way of him potentially training a bit by Thursday next week and then getting into a full week of preparation the following week for Wales".

Tommaso Allan scored a consolation try for the visitors before Sexton walked over another Ireland try, again converted by Carbery.

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