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Off the box

"He (Kidney) talked about the execution of the Irish backline, I thought that would be a bit harsh, to execute them, I think we'll wait another week." -- George Hook on RTE2


Ireland had a disastrous 16 turnovers and conceded 13 penalties to Italy's five.

However, defensively, they were very sound with only two missed tackles from 112 -- 98pc. Ireland ran 369 metres with the ball compared to Italy's 227 and kicked the ball 23 times to Italy's 18


"Italy are still losers. Perhaps the long period of honourable defeats is over for the Azzurri but now they have begun the series of painful ones. Ireland were a shadow of themselves and clearly weakened by numerous injuries." -- La Gazzetta dello Sport

"Italy's great effort mocked by late drop from poor Ireland" -- Il Giorno

"Azzuri's Illusions: Nothing to do. Despite a dominant performance, Italy's dreams of a first win over Ireland ended in bitter disappointment and one that will be difficult for Nick Mallet and his men to recover from." -- Il Tempo

Ref Link

"I need the communication. If I don't have the communication there's no kick-off." -- Roman Poite on his first difficulty of the day.

"No 1, that's the second time. Too many infringements." -- Poite takes Brian O'Driscoll to task on Cian Healy's scrimmaging.

"No, no. Stand up." Scrum time delayed further as Poite digs in his heels.

Where they stand


France 1 1 0 0 34 21 2

England 1 1 0 0 26 19 2

Ireland 1 1 0 0 13 11 2

Italy 1 0 0 1 11 13 0

Wales 1 0 0 1 19 26 0

Scotland 1 0 0 1 21 34 0

Irish Independent