Brunel pays tribute to Rome

Date published: February 28 2016

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel paid a fond farewell to the Stadio Olimpico after his final home match in charge of the Azzurri.

Brunel will step down following the end of the Six Nations but his final home game ended with a 36-20 defeat to Scotland.

"For me it has always been a pleasure to be in this stadium, which has always supported the team. It's a memory that I will treasure forever," Brunel told the Six Nations website.

Analysing where the game was lost Brunel swiftly pointed to Italy's slow start, where Scotland moved out ahead with two tries to leave the hosts always battling their way back into the contest.

"We conceded two early tries and were trailing all game," added Brunel. 

"But we came back to within six points. Then we conceded a penalty from the restart. We can't criticise the desire of the team.

"What I want to take from this is that despite all the youngsters, we tried to stay in it all game. We have to keep this mindset for the last two games.

"We will try to maintain the enthusiasm all game. Our last two games are difficult but we will fight."