Irish players have to keep it simple, do basics and be patient against Italy as the pressure is on

Beibhinn Parsons is a dangerous player and will provide a real threat against the Italians. Photo: Sportsfile

Lindsay Peat

This is a must-win game for many reasons, least of all so that the Irish avoid the wooden spoon. While everyone knows that rebuilding this team is a long-term project, a home win against Italy – who we’ve beaten 14 times in the last 15 meetings – is essential to get us back on track.