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France head coach Fabien Galthie lost a friend, a former team-mate and a former player he coached at Christophe Dominici. Les Bleus will play in the honor of ‘Domi’ on Saturday

France will mourn the loss of former star winger Christophe Dominici amid cathedral-like composure before focusing on Italy’s challenge with emergency teams in the Autumn Nations Cup on Saturday.

Players will wear his nickname Domi on their left arm under a giant photo of him at the Stade de France, where several minutes of silence will be held.

“You’ve never met a man like him twice,” said former France captain Pascal Pape, who is close to Dominici. France coach Fabien Galthie has also lost an old friend and teammate.

Before kickoff, the team will pause to remember Dominici, who died on Tuesday aged 48.

Former France winger Christophe Dominici died on Tuesday aged 48

Former France winger Christophe Dominici died on Tuesday aged 48

Dominici’s death sent shock waves through rugby and reached the seats of the French parliament, where politicians in the National Assembly stood without being asked and praised him as a tribute.

Due to the coronavirus, there will be no crowds at the 81,000-seat stadium to say goodbye to Dominici.

Many of his friends in rugby belong to the current French hierarchy: Federation President Bernard Laporte – a former French coach who shares close ties with Dominici; Galthie and his assistant Raphael Ibanez – all teammates during a heyday that defined French talent in a brash style.

Galthie also played alongside Dominici at the Stade Francais, before training him there.

Dominici scored 25 trial tests in a glorious decade with the national team, highlighted by New Zealand’s sensational disappointment at the 1999 and 2007 Rugby World Cups.

“We have lost a friend. We are fighting, fighting to make it happen,” Laporte said Wednesday. “I tell them: I hope you have one thing, that you have the same career as him.”

On Saturday, Galthie must try their best to focus on a win with 13 changes following their 22-15 win in Scotland last weekend, including five new faces and a pack boasting nearly a dozen caps.

The change comes due to an agreement on player rotation between the French Rugby Federation and French league clubs, limiting players to only three out of six international players.

French first-choice players such as Virimi Vakatawa are sidelined due to a player rotation deal with the Top 14

French first-choice players such as Virimi Vakatawa are sidelined due to a player rotation deal with the Top 14

“The squad has limited experience, but that’s the deal. We know that and we will work on it,” said Galthie. “At the level at which we play, everyone has to be ready anytime or anywhere.”

Baptiste Serin’s scrum-half is one of three players with 20 caps or more, and he replaces Charles Ollivon as captain. “It was precisely because he was so committed that we gave him this role,” said Galthie. “He wants to lead this team.”

Scrum-half Baptiste Serin will captain a very inexperienced French team on Saturday

Scrum-half Baptiste Serin will captain a very inexperienced French team on Saturday

France are second in Group B behind Scotland – as Scotland have already been awarded a win for their canceled Test with Fiji – and need a win to qualify for the playoff final on December 6, where they will likely face England at Twickenham.

The Azzurri replaced three

Italy have called up winger Luca Sperandio for the first time in nearly two years as they have made three changes to their Autumn Cup of Nations side against France in Paris.

24-year-old Sperandio, who won his last six caps against France in Rome in March 2019, replaces Mattia Bellini.

Braam Steyn moved to No. 8 for the injured Jake Polledri with Maxime Mbanda and Johan Meyer coming onto the flanks. Mbanda started the game for Italy for the first time since last year’s World Cup after Sebastien Negri quit with an adductor injury.

Braam Steyn has switched to No. 8 for Italy, but his back row mates Jake Polledri and Sebastien Negri are both injured.

Braam Steyn has switched to No. 8 for Italy, but his back row mates Jake Polledri and Sebastien Negri are both injured.

Cristian Stoian, born in Moldova but a key player in Italy’s junior international, is one of two players not yet on the bench with flanker Michele Lamaro.

Italy last played two weeks ago in the Autumn Nations Cup, losing 28-17 at home to Scotland, but their second match against Fiji was canceled due to mass COVID-19 infection at the Pacific Island camp.

“We have an extra day to better prepare for this meeting,” said coach Franco Smith as he named the team.

“Last week’s cancellation increased our desire to take to the pitch on Saturday against France.

“It will be an intense match in which we will have the opportunity to see other interesting young people at work as we continue on our path to expanding our base and building DNA,” said Smith.

Italy head coach Franco Smith and captain Luca Bigi know that a victory over Tier-One opponents is needed immediately

Italy head coach Franco Smith and captain Luca Bigi know that a victory over Tier-One opponents is needed immediately

History will be made when Nigel Owens becomes the first referee to referee 100 tests. The 49-year-old Welshman made his first test 17 years ago, and has refereed four Rugby World Cups.

Team News

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Gabin Villiere, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Baptiste Serin (c); 1 Rodrigue Neti, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 4 Killian Geraci, 5 Baptiste Pesenti, 6 Cameron Woki, 7 Sekou Macalou, 8 Anthony Jelonch.

Replacement: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Cyril Cazeaux, 20 Swan Rebbadj, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Louis Carbonel, 23 Yoram Moefana.

Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Jacopo Trulla, 13 Marco Zanon, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Marcello Violi; 1 Danilo Fischetti, 2 Luca Bigi (c), 3 Giosue Zilocchi, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Niccolo Cannone, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 7 Johan Meyer, 8 Braam Steyn.

Replacement: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Simone Ferrari, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Cristian Stoian, 20 Michele Lamoro, 21 Stephen Varney, 22 Tomasso Allan, 23 Federico Mori.

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Team of the week: Australia dominate after New Zealand win | Rugby Union News | Instant News


Team of the week: Australia dominate this week after their Tri-Nations win over New Zealand, while Pro14, Super Rugby Unlocked and Top14 are represented by Leinster, the Sharks and Bordeaux respectively

Last Updated: 09/11/20 11:11


Marika Koroibete is great for the Wallabies

Australia dominated our newest team this week after a thrilling 24-22 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

15. Tom Banks (Australia)

A very confident display from Banks handling some of the early air strikes from the All Blacks. His kicking game was solid and he was also attacking well, beating four defenders overall.

14. Tom Wright (Australia)

Tow Wright breaks for Australia

Tow Wright breaks for Australia

What a great debut the Brumbies flyer actually announced itself on the scene. Scores the Wallabies’ first attempted goal and is always dangerous on the attack.

13. Wandisile Simelane (Lion)

The Lions might lose to the Bulls, but Simelane caused chaos in midfield with a display of great confidence. Enchant the defense of the Bulls who are fighting to hold it back and beat 10 defenders.

12. Hunter Paisami (Australia)

A big test never played in a No 12 shirt before, but handled really well. Made some lovely breaks and did strong through the midfield. Also strong in defense.

11. Koroibete brand (Australia)

A sensational display from Koroibete that gives absolutely everything. Okay, so he got a yellow card late in the first half, but he more than made up for it. Always dangerous in defense and he tested the All Blacks’ defense at every turn. Then there was the defense – quite overwhelming including a massive blow to Damian McKenzie, before jumping to his feet and forcing Jordie Barrett to knock which ultimately ended the All Blacks’ last attacking chance of the game.

10.Reece Hodge (Australia)

    Reece Hodge composed another kick

Reece Hodge composed another kick

Hodge showed that he is more than capable of handling responsibility with the No.10 jersey. His kicking play was varied and clever – a chip on top resulted in their first try and he also dropped five of his seven kicks. Nor did he dodge the defenses – preventing Cody Taylor from trying with a big tackle.

9. Sanele Nohamba (Shark)

Sanele Nohamba in action for the Sharks

Sanele Nohamba in action for the Sharks

The humidity causes all kinds of problems for Sharks and Cheetahs, but Nohamba is impressive in how he has handled the conditions and shows off his speed and abilities.

1. James Slipper (Australia)

It’s a shame that he has to take his 100th Test with a dislocated shoulder, but when he’s on the pitch he’s been really good. Did a little set-piece, but also did well and made nine tackles. Shows the All Blacks that they are serious about not taking a step back with their tussle with Same Cane.

2.Joseph Dweba (Bordeaux)

An incredible debut for Dweba in the Top 14 as he helped Bordeaux to a 43-19 win over Bayonne. Full of energy, carried on with strength and defended well. Scored a goal too on his debut!

3. Taniela Tupou (Australia)

Taniela Tupou made it past Sam Whitelock's tackle

Taniela Tupou made it past Sam Whitelock’s tackle

Came on in the 52nd minute and had a big impact on the game. Not only did he score the winning goal, but he was at his best! Makes some big carry and totally defends the All Blacks. Helps win vital scrum penalties too.

4.Ross Molony (Leinster)

A big game in his 100th appearance as he helped Leinster dominate the front line against the Ospreys. Ford with 17 tackles and 12 carries too.

5. Matt Philip (Australia)

Coming up with stealing the lineout was important when New Zealand was in their line when Australia dropped to 13. Completely stuck in the set-pices and carried on firmly too. Team up with Koroibete to win a crucial penalty at the breakdown. Really up the game!

6.Rhys Ruddock (Leinster)

Rhys Ruddock produced the man of the match performance for Leinster

Rhys Ruddock produced the man of the match performance for Leinster

Played No. 8 against the Ospreys but we needed him this week and he got the No. 6 jersey. Produced a man of the match performance with a physical look that had Ospreys on the back foot. Incredible throughout the park, he was their main player to bring in 14 tackles too.

7. Michael Hooper (Australia)

Michael Hooper celebrates in Brisbane.

Michael Hooper celebrates in Brisbane.

Again tackled his heart and topped the tackle count with 14. Done strong and busy at the breakdown. Making some good decisions also paid off.

8. Ardie Savea (New Zealand)

The All Blacks’ pick and deserves his place in the team this week. A dynamo with the ball in hand that weakens the defense. Attract attention with an extraordinary run that should end with trying. Slow down the ball in the ruffles and do some big tackles too. Never giving up and his demeanor at the last minute must have worried the Wallabies.

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Tri-Nations: Reece Hodge one of six changes to Australia against New Zealand | Rugby Union News | Instant News


James Slipper’s head shack is set to win his 100th game; Angus Bell could make his debut off the bench; Watch Australia vs New Zealand live on Saturday at 8.15am at the Sky Sports Arena

Last Updated: 11/5/20 7:28 a.m.


Reece Hodge will play his first test for Australia on Saturday

Reece Hodge will play his first test for Australia in a fly-half against New Zealand after coach Dave Rennie made six changes for the second Tri-Nations meeting.

With James O’Connor still having knee problems that have kept him out last weekend lost 43-5 to the All BlacksHodge was named as a replacement for Noah Lolesio, who was struggling on his Sydney debut.

The injury that gripped Lukhan Salakaia-Loto also made Rob Simmons, who will appear for the 104th time, into the second row with Matt Philip.

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While Hodge and Simmons added a wealth of experience to the team, Rennie also continued to feed youthful blood with right winger Tom Wright and blind winger Lachlan Swinton handing over their international debuts.

Wright’s converted rugby league replaces Filipo Daugunu outside of a new center partnership consisting of Queensland youths Jordan Petaia and Hunter Paisami.

Australia was conclusively defeated by New Zealand on Halloween

Australia was conclusively defeated by New Zealand on Halloween

Tom Banks was appointed full-back in front of the experienced Dane Haylett-Petty, who was out of a total of 23 players along with midfielder Irae Simone.

Angus Bell could also make his test debut off the bench after being named off-head support for James Slipper, who will become the 13th Australian to win 100 test caps.

New Zealand trained this week ahead of Saturday's game in Brisbane

New Zealand trained this week ahead of Saturday’s game in Brisbane

Meanwhile, New Zealand coach Ian Foster said the following teams would face Australia.

Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Karl Tu’inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Akira John, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.

Substitutes: Asafo Aumua, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Cullen Grace, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan.

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Match Report – Italy Women 0 – 54 England | Instant News


The Women’s Red Roses secured the 2020 Six Nations Grand Slam on Sunday, with the score at 54-0 against Italy at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi – their second consecutive Grand Slam win and third in four years.

Last Updated: 01/11/20 9:14 pm










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With the championship already won, England take on Italy in the final round of the Six Nations Women looking for another Grand Slam

With the championship already won, England take on Italy in the final round of the Six Nations Women looking for another Grand Slam

England Women grabbed their second consecutive Six Nations Grand Slam win on Sunday, as a comprehensive 54-0 win over Italy at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi ended a perfect campaign.

England recorded eight attempts in total, as scores from Ellie Kildunne, Poppy Cleall – her fourth in five championship games – Emily Scarratt and Abbie Ward put Red Roses 28-0 ahead at half-time.

In the second half, England scored again through Sarah Bern, Jess Breach, Leanne Riley and Marlie Packer.

After being confirmed as champions last weekend, England dominated from start to finish to secure a record 15th Grand Slam with their 16th championship win.

The result means England’s men’s and women’s teams have both secured the 2020 title, the first time they have finished the double since 2017.

In northern Italy, England needed just four minutes to get on board when some clever handling gave Kildunne the ball and a clever move from the full-back sent him down.

England full-back Ellie Kildunne recorded Test's opening attempt after just four minutes

England full-back Ellie Kildunne recorded Test’s opening attempt after just four minutes

After Sarah Beckett came close to scoring, England’s second came from Cleall who went on from close range.

Following Bern’s attempt that was ruled out for a knock-on, the captain for the night Scarratt ran a superb line in midfield and ran from 25 meters – 47th try on his 90th cap.

A well-performing driver from behind the five-meter line saw Ward drop for bonus points just before half-time, with Scarratt’s four successful conversions giving England a 28-0 lead at the break.

The Italian defense improved after the break and it took nearly 20 minutes into the second half for England’s first point when Bern took advantage from close range.

Sarah Bern was among the attempted goal scorers as the Red Roses crushed Italy to claim a Grand Slam

Sarah Bern was among the attempted goal scorers as the Red Roses crushed Italy to claim a Grand Slam

Breach dived in the corner after he was crossed by finisher Zoe Harrison and then Riley intercepted an Italian pass near their line for England’s seventh pass.

The fourth attempt of the second half and the final score of the night was completed when Packer was able to fall off the back of a controlled driver.

Following their 2019 Grand Slam success, Simon Middleton’s team entered the Six Nations with three wins at Quilter Internationals and finished two home and away to France, beating Italy in Bedford.

In France, England started their campaign with a 19-13 win which was their closest score at the tournament.

Bonus point wins were followed against Scotland (53-0), Ireland (27-0) and Wales (66-7), before finishing Six Nations 2020 with another bonus point win in Italy.

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Women of Six Nations: Watch England vs Italy Grand Slam matches live on YouTube! | Rugby Union News | Instant News


England’s Red Roses secured the 2020 Women’s Six Nations title, but are looking for a Grand Slam for the second year in a row – and the third in four years – when they travel to face Italy at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Sunday; Watch the action live on Sky Sports and through our YouTube channel

Last Updated: 31/10/20 2:15 pm


England players celebrate their tryout during the Women’s Six Nations match against Wales

British women are looking for a second consecutive Grand Slam win on Sunday when they travel to face Italy, live on Sky Sports Arena and our YouTube stream!

The Red Roses got off to the start of their title defense with a hard-fought 19-13 win over France at the Stade du Hameau Pau.

Simon Middleton’s team followed suit by racing to a stunning 53-0 win over Scotland at Murrayfield – and after the game had to be postponed because of Storm Ciara.

They then beat Ireland 27-0 at Doncaster’s Castle Park and then devoured Wales 66-7 at The Stoop.

Nearly eight months since that last win, England are now looking to complete another unbeaten campaign – one that will secure a third Grand Slam in four years.

Every Red Rose Six Nations Test has been broadcast live and via our YouTube stream.

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