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Saturday 03 November 2018, 4:00pm EDT

Ireland v Italy

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Ireland T C P
15 Jordan Larmour 3 0 0
14 Andrew Conway 0 0 0
13 Garry Ringrose 1 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 0 0 0
10 Joey Carbery 0 5 0
9 Luke McGrath 1 0 0
1 Jack McGrath 0 0 0
2 Niall Scannell 0 0 0
3 Andrew Porter 0 0 0
4 Tadhg Beirne 2 0 0
5 Quinn Roux 0 0 0
6 Rhys Ruddock 0 0 0
7 Josh van der Flier 0 0 0
8 Jack Conan 0 0 0
16 Sean Cronin 1 0 0
17 Dave Kilcoyne 0 0 0
18 Finlay Bealham 0 0 0
19 Devin Toner 0 0 0
20 Jordi Murphy 0 0 0
21 John Cooney 0 0 0
22 Ross Byrne 0 2 0
23 Will Addison 0 0 0
Italy T C P
15 Luca Sperandio 0 0 0
14 Mattia Bellini 0 0 0
13 Michele Campagnaro 1 0 0
12 Luca Morisi 0 0 0
11 Giulio Bisegni 0 0 0
10 Carlo Canna 0 1 0
9 Tito Tebaldi 0 0 0
1 Nicola Quaglio 0 0 0
2 Luca Bigi 0 0 0
3 Tizano Pasquali 0 0 0
4 Marco Fuser 0 0 0
5 George Biagi 0 0 0
6 Johan Meyer 0 0 0
7 Braam Steyn 0 0 0
8 Renato Giammarioli 0 0 0
16 Oliviero Fabiani 0 0 0
17 Cherif Traore 0 0 0
18 Giosue Zilocchi 0 0 0
19 Federico Ruzza 0 0 0
20 Marco Lazzaroni 0 0 0
21 Jimmy Tuivaiti 0 0 0
22 Guglielmo Palazzani 0 0 0
23 Ian McKinley 0 0 0


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  • A quick reminder then; Italy take on Georgia in Florence next week while Ireland host Argentina in Dublin. Until then however, thank you for your company - and have a good weekend!
  • Jordan Larmour's hat-trick, Tadhg Beirne's brace and an utterly composed Joey Carbery performance hands Ireland a whopping win in Chicago as they blow away Italy. Conor O'Shea's Azzurri gave a spirited showing throughout and trailed by only seven at half-time - but the sheer class of Joe Schmidt's side, even one as youthful as today's XV, were too hot to handle at Soldier Field. Full-time in the USA, it finishes Ireland 54-7 Italy.
  • Byrne can't add the extras with the last kick of the game so the score remains the same as Ireland run out winners by a 47-point margin.
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 54-7 ITALY. Larmour gets the hat-trick with the last play of the game! It's a wonderful weaving run by the full-back that takes him past five defenders on the left wing to cap off a wonderful individual showing.
  • The closing stages of this match are seemingly just a conga-line of various scrums and occasional collapses. Another Italian one puts the Azzurri inside the opposition half and they do well to prevent a turnover by Cronin.
  • Another scrum, another collapse, though Italy this time reap the rewards and come away with the ball.
  • As both sides mill around a collapsing scrum, both coaches might have an eye already on next week given the foregone conclusion of this game. Italy host Georgia in Florence while Ireland return to Dublin to face off with Argentina.
  • Conor O'Shea has made great steps with the Azzurri since his appointment but it's games like these ones that show how far his side still have to go on occasion. Ireland have properly turned on the style in this second half and Italy will be determined to try and keep them from notching up 50 points.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: IRELAND 49-7 ITALY. It's a corker of a conversion from Byrne too, drifting it over from the touchline.
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 47-7 ITALY. It's Ringrose's turn to get on the scoresheet as Aki leads an Ireland break down the right wing and tucks it outside to the centre to coast away and touch down in the corner.
  • McKinley enters the fray now against his country of birth for Italy. The Dubliner's story is a rather special one; forced to retire in 2011 due to blindness sustained through injury, he has since fought his way back into the game through the help of special goggles in 2014. He became eligible for Italy last year and picked up his first appearance in November.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: IRELAND 42-7 ITALY. Barely three minutes into his debut and Byrne has his first points, knocking over the conversion.
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 40-7 ITALY. It's Larmour's second of the night and Ireland's sixth as the full-back is handed an offload from Ringrose, shrugs off two poor tackles and lopes 50m to score on the left flank.
  • Carbery is coming off now for Ireland though - and he will be replaced by Leinster fly-half Ross Byrne, making his international debut.
  • Better work from Italy now sends Bellini skirting down the left wing and sparks an impressive set in attack that catches Ireland somewhat off-guard - at least until they force the turnover again and the Azzurri are thrown into defence.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: IRELAND 35-7 ITALY. Carbery adds the extras once again and Ireland have a complete stranglehold on this encounter.
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 33-7 ITALY. From the line-out, Ireland execute a brilliant maul and force themselves over the Italian line, with recently arrived replacement Cronin the man to touch down amid the throng of bodies.
  • Referee Nigel Owens demands a scrum reset near the Italian line after both packs collapse the first effort - and then Ireland are awarded a penalty when they overpower the Azzurri in the second attempt.
  • Conan wins a penalty for Ireland now after he takes a high shot to the chops from a defender. There's a little bit of worry right now though for Carbery after he was hit late by Meyer, leaving him stunned on the ground.
  • Porter wins the penalty from the turnover however and Ireland put themselves straight back into the Azzurri's half. Even this youthful side picked by Joe Schmidt is delivering the goods in the vein of their full-strength outfit.
  • That quickfire blitz has taken the wind out of Italy's sails but Canna rouses them with a short break and they make some ground towards the Irish line.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: IRELAND 28-7 ITALY. It's a long way back for the Azzurri now as Carbery adds another two points.
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 26-7 ITALY. Two tries in almost as many minutes for Ireland! Larmour gets himself his first try for his country on his first start after he unexpectedly ends up with an American football-style pass from Campagnaro, which he coasts away with from halfway on the left flank.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: IRELAND 21-7 ITALY. Carbery keeps his perfect record with the boot intact and Italy are back down by 14 points again.
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 19-7 ITALY. That's the start Joe Schmidt will have wanted! Beirne gets his second as he runs a bruising line on the right flank and crashes over to open up a two-score lead once more.
  • We're back underway in Chicago; can Italy come from behind to claim an unexpected victory at Soldier Field? Or will Ireland prevail once again?
  • It's Ireland who lead in this international clash at Soldier Field - but Joe Schmidt's side will be less than impressed to only take a seven-point lead in at the break. They have dominated the Azzurri for most of the opening 40 minutes, yet a late try for Italy captain Michele Campagnaro has given Conor O'Shea's side something to cheer about. At half-time, it's Ireland 14-7 Italy.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: IRELAND 14-7 ITALY. Canna adds the extras as the whistle goes for half-time in Chicago!
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 14-5 ITALY. Disaster for Ireland! Ruddock tries a cut-back pass out on the right wing - and Campagnaro reads the play perfectly, intercepts and races away 30m to touch down next to the posts.
  • Or not. Italy's attack flies out of the window in much of the same manner that a pass for Bisegni flies into touch. Line-out to Ireland.
  • Ireland are put on the back foot from the restart however, with Italy winning themselves a penalty to put themselves on the opposition 22. A great chance for the Azzurri to strike here.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: IRELAND 14-0 ITALY. Carbery adds two more with his boot and the Azzurri are now a couple of scores down.
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 12-0 ITALY. McGrath gets Ireland's second of the game - but it's all the work of Larmour, who busts an attempted tackle on the back of some smart play 30m out and then offloads to his half-back to finish.
  • A scruffy Italian line-out sails off its straight path and Ireland pick up another scrum closer to halfway now.
  • After a prolonged discussion, on-field referee Owens elects to stick with his original call and Ireland have the scrum just shy of their line.
  • Steyn burrows in close at the right post - but the referee deems him to have knocked on. The TMO however wants a look at the play and it heads upstairs for a second glance.
  • Italy come again now though and this time successfully sustain pressure upon the Irish line. Canna nearly slips a gap on the left and Morisi does on the right but they find themselves held at bay for the moment.
  • The Azzurri blow their chance however from the scrum in an attempt to play flashy, with Tebaldi the man guilty of would-be showmanship following a poor pass.
  • Bisegni appears to knock on heading down the left wing, but Italy get the scrum after the referee deems Ringrose made contact with the ball instead.
  • An exchange of box kicks results in a line-out on halfway for Italy and the Azzurri then pick up a penalty advantage for good measure following an infringement by Scannell. The referee brings play back three phases later and Ireland will look to defend the line-out on their own 22 line.
  • An initial scrum collapse forces a reset and Italy are able to get it out of the ruck the second time around without conceding possession as the Irish pack tries to turn them around.
  • Ireland bring the pressure to bear upon the Italian line, yet they cannot break through this time - and then Carbery's pass is plucked by Morisi. The Azzurri then pick up a scrum just shy of halfway on their right wing.
  • Fuser almost pinches it at the scrum to get the turnover but Conan jut manages to snatch it up in time. Campagnaro is then caught offside and Ireland get a penalty, which they opt to put into touch on the left.
  • The scrum has to be reset following an initial collapse however, with both front rows going to ground.
  • Some sensational handling out on the right wing almost puts Larmour over and Jack McGrath and Porter go close in the following phases, though they are unable to make a clean move over the line. The Azzurri will have to now defend a scrum.
  • A promising set from Ireland is given an added boost by a fine kick-chase and Porter wrestles back possession to put his side just shy of 20m away from the Italian line.
  • Campagnaro can't take in a pass out on the left wing however and puts it to ground as it goes behind him, bringing the Azzurri's promising attack to an end.
  • Italy recover well from the restart however and, guided by Canna and Fuser, they launch a rather frantic attack upon the Irish defence.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: IRELAND 7-0 ITALY. Carbery slots over the extras to give his side the best possible start at Soldier Field.
  • Try
    TRY: IRELAND 5-0 ITALY. Beirne gives Ireland the lead with his first try for his country! From the restart on the left wing, Scannell draws defenders in and the Munster man is then able to reach over through the gap left behind.
  • Italy concede a penalty now however, having worked back to halfway, and Carbery is able to pin them back on the left wing with a lovely kick.
  • Ireland are already over the Italian line, two minutes in - but they can't get the try, as Ringrose loses the ball rolling over to try and dot down with momentum following a last-gasp tackle.
  • Italy kick off and we are underway in Chicago! Stockdale wastes no time in making an impact too, tearing off down the left wing on two separate moves that put the Azzurri straight onto the back foot.
  • The teams are out at Soldier Field for the national anthems. The referee is Nigel Owens today.
  • Joe Schmidt's side have also won nine of their last 10 November fixtures with their only defeat in that run coming against New Zealand in 2016.
  • Ireland have reason to feel good about today's game; they've won 23 of their last 24 against Italy, including their last six in a row since a 22-15 defeat in Rome in 2013.
  • Replacements: Oliviero Fabiani, Cherif Traore s, Giosue Zilocchi, Marco Lazzaroni, Federico Ruzza, Jimmy Tuivaiti, Guglielmo Palazzani, Ian McKinley.
  • ITALY XV: Luca Sperandio, Mattia Bellini, Michele Campagnaro, Luca Morisi, Giulio Bisegni, Carlo Canna, Tito Tebaldi; Nicola Quaglio, Luca Bigi, Tiziano Pasquali, Marco Fuser, George Biagi, Johan Meyer, Braam Steyn, Renato Giammarioli.
  • Replacements: Sean Cronin, David Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Devin Toner, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Ross Byrne, Will Addison.
  • IRELAND XV: Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Joey Carbery, Luke McGrath; Jack McGrath, Niall Scannell, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.
  • As for Italy, Michele Campagnaro captains the national team for the first time in his career. Johan Meyer meanwhile makes his debut at blindside; Kiwi-born Jimmy Tuivaiti is also in line for a debut if they come off the bench.
  • Team news now and Ireland have plumped for youth in their first of the November internationals with 10 changes to the side who prevailed 2-1 over Australia in a three-match series earlier this year, with Jacob Stockdale and Bundee Aki among those who retain their places. Full-back Jordan Lamour is one of two players handed their first starts; Tadhg Beirne is the other.
  • The two sides meet for the first time since Joe Schmidt’s side handed Conor O’Shea’s Azzurri a 56-19 drubbing in Dublin back in February – and they will be the favourites again to repeat such a feat in their second visit to Illinois, having defeated the All Blacks here two years ago.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 end-of-year rugby union internationals as Six Nations and Grand Slam champions Ireland square off against Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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