Italy is a developing rugby nation. The Azzurri are improving with each international competition they enter.
Italy won just once in the 2012 Six Nations but coach Jacques Brunel believes the Azzurri have the potential to go all the way in the future.
South African born halfback Tobias Botes suffered a broken arm in Saturday's 13-6 win over Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico.
Head coach Jacques Brunel believes Italy are still on course to be challenging for the Six Nations by 2015 after a 13-6 victory over Scotland allowed them to avoid the wooden spoon.
Jacques Brunel's first victory as Italian coach was particularly satisfying as the win over Scotland meant that the Azzurri avoided the Six Nations Wooden Spoon for the first time since 2007.
Scotland suffered the ignominy of an RBS 6 Nations whitewash and the wooden spoon after Italy condemned them to a 13-6 defeat in Rome.
Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini will now miss Saturday's Six Nations clash with Scotland after failing to recover from a foot injury.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse said on Friday that his team must sort out their line-outs if they are to have any chance of avoiding the wooden spoon in this year's Six Nations.
Scotland's players are determined to end the RBS Six Nations on a high against Italy on Saturday.
Scotland loosehead prop Allan Jacobsen is relishing his battle with Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni in the 6 Nations clash in Rome on Saturday.
Italy coach Jaques Brunel has made six changes to the squad that lost against Wales for their final 6 Nations game against Scotland.
Italian rugby is indirectly being helped by the scandals surrounding football in the country, according to veteran national prop Andrea Lo Cicero.
Rugby Rugby’s Howard Johnson claimed that England Interim Coach Stuart Lancaster had luck on his side after the very first Six Nations game against Scotland. And he’s been proved right all through the tournament. Now he reckons they should give Lucky Lancaster the job on a full-time basis
Italy coach Jacques Brunel recalled hooker Fabio Ongaro to an enlarged 31-man squad on Sunday ahead of next Saturday's Six Nations finale against Scotland.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse insists his side have made progress during the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Warren Gatland was left frustrated by referee George Clancy's interpretation at the breakdown in Wales' 24-3 victory over Italy in Cardiff.
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