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Italy will have to play out of their skin if they want to upset the apple cart and beat Ireland in their Six Nations fixture in Rome on Sunday.
Ireland have announced their team to face Italy in their Six Nations clash on Sunday, with Sean Cronin named at hooker for the game.
Italy head coach Conor O’Shea has made five alterations to his starting line-up for the Six Nations encounter with Ireland in Rome on Sunday.
Two teams who are in a state of uncertainty will open Round Three of the Six Nations as France and Scotland go head-to-head in Paris.
The two remaining unbeaten teams in this year’s Six Nations will face off at the Principality Stadium on Saturday when Wales host England.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland has opted to start Gareth Anscombe at fly-half ahead of Dan Biggar for their Six Nations clash with England.
England head coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his team to face Wales on Saturday with Jack Nowell and Ben Moon handed starts.
Scotland have made four changes to their starting XV to face France in this Saturday’s Six Nations clash in Paris, with Pete Horne named at 10.
The match officials for this weekend’s action have been confirmed, with Jaco Peyper taking charge of the Wales v England clash in Cardiff.
Gargantuan wing Joe Cokanasiga is in contention to feature for England against Wales this weekend after being named in their 25-man squad.