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  • Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of the third weekend of Six Nations action and we’re off to Rome and the Olympic Stadium first for the meeting of Italy and Wales.

    Sergio Parisse is missing from the Italian line-up due to his ban for back chat in France last weekend and he will be a huge loss to the home side.

    In his place comes Treviso’s Ratu Manoa Vosawai, with Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni taking over the captaincy.

    Wales are unchanged after their brilliant victory over France last time out, with Ryan Jones holding on to the captaincy and Sam Warburton on the bench.

    My name is Emmet Riordan and I’ll be here all afternoon with updates from Rome and later the big clash at Twickenham between England and France.

    Here are the line-ups for the game in Rome as we get ready for the kick-off

    ITALY: Andrea Masi (Racing Metro); Giovanbattista Venditti (Aironi), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont Auvergne), Luke McLean (Treviso); Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Edoardo Gori (Treviso); Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester, capt), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso),
    Simone Favaro (Parma), Ratu Manoa Vosawai (Treviso)

    Replacements: D Giazzon (Aironi), A De Marchi (Aironi), L Cittadini (Treviso), Q Geldenhuys (Viadana), P Derbyshire (Treviso), T Botes (Treviso), L Orquera (Aironi), G Garcia (Treviso).

    WALES: Lee Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues), George North (Scarlets); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Bayonne); Gethin Jenkins (Toulon), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Newport Dragons), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Toby Faletau (Dragons).

    Replacements: K Owens ((Scarlets), P James (Bath), C Mitchell (Exeter), AW Jones (Ospreys), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), L Williams (Cardiff Blues), J Hook (Perpignan), S Williams (Scarlets).


  • There has been plenty of rain in Rome so the pitch may become a concern this afternoon. Considering both Roma and Lazio also play on it, it still looks good, although parts of it look relaid.    
  • A drenched referee Roman Poite gets things underway as Dan Biggar kicks off.
  • Italian hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini is back up after treatment to his leg and we have the first scrum of the game. 

  • 3 mins: Jamie Roberts knocks on in midfield to add to the scrappy start to this game.
  • 5 mins: The BBC commentator Andrew Cotter is not feeling well and Jonathan Davies has to take over his duties in Rome.
  • 7 mins: Wales will take aim at the posts as Italy are penalised again.
  • 8 mins: PENALTY - WALES: Leigh Halfpenny knocks it over and Shane Williams has joined Jonathan Davies in the commentary box.

  • 10 mins: Wales take the scrum down and Italy have a chance to equalise. 
  • 10 mins: PENALTY - ITALY: Kris Burton knocks over a fine kick and it's level again in Rome.
  • 12 mins: Giovanbattista Venditti makes a fine break on the right wing and Italy are enjoying some good possession.
  • 14 mins: A big scrum from Wales after a couple of poor efforts but the mistakes continue on both sides with a knock-on from Italy. 
  • 15 mins: Adam Jones minces Andrea Lo Cicero in the scrum and the Italians lose their discipline.
  • 16 mins: PENALTY - WALES: Halfpenny's kick is good and signs are encouraging for Wales with their scrum starting to dominate. 
  • 17 mins: And Italy pinged in the lineout to give Wales a free-kick.
  • 18 mins: Another penalty to Wales from the scrum and Italy's frontrow are really struggling here.
  • 19 mins: PENALTY - WALES: Halfpenny makes it 3 from 3 with another fine kick.
  • 21 mins: Italy fullback Andrea Masi charges at Wales, only to knock-on as the errors continue from the home side.
  • 24 mins: Wales are happy to use their set-pieces, where they are dominating, although it hardly makes for great viewing.   
  • 26 mins: Dan Biggar makes a great catch but is penalised for not releasing. Burton's kick is poor, but Alex Cuthbert knocks on.
  • 27 mins: Burton misses with a drop goal and takes a hit from Biggar for his troubles.
  • And Burton requires some treatment after that hit.
  • And it's teeming with rain now in Rome, so handling isn't going to get any better I'm afraid. 
  • 30 mins: PENALTY - ITALY: Burton knocks over the kick and Italy are only 3 down despite Wales being on top. 

  • 31 mins: Cuthbert breaks free but a brilliant ankle tap from Canale stops his gallop.
  • 33 mins: Even given the terrible conditions, the error count is too high from both sides. 
  • 34 mins: A brilliant knock down from Gethin Jenkins on Edoardo Gori and penalty to Wales.

  • 35 mins: MISSED PENALTY - WALES: Halfpenny misses for the first time and that was a poor kick, pushed it to the right and wide. 
  • 38 mins: Aimless kicking from both sides as the game limps towards half-time. 
  • 40 mins: Vosawai knocks on again and the big Fijian-born No 8 certainly doesn't have the handling skills of Parisse.
  • Half-time: Well that was a very, very ordinary 40 minutes of Six Nations rugby. The conditions may be horrid in Rome, but the error count, especially from the home side has been far too much. 
  • In fact the hero of the first-half is Jonathan Davies in the BBC commentary box after he took over from Andrew Cotter, who has a bout of the Rome Rumbles. He was a great all-rounder as a player and now in the commentary box. We'll be back in 10 minutes for the second half.
  • And Jonathan Davies swaps seats again as the Beeb bring on a replacement commentator, the only change at half-time.
  • 42 mins: Scrappy start from Wales and they concede a penalty scrum close to their line.
  • 43 mins: MISSED DROP GOAL ITALY: Burton tries his luck again but is wide to the right.
  • 45 mins: TRY - WALES: Jonathan Davies goes over after Italy make a hames of trying to clear a ball.
  • 46 mins: CONVERSION - WALES: Halfpenny adds the extras and that's a gift of 7 points for Wales.
  • Gethin Jenkins has gone off with Bath's Paul James now on in the frontrow for Wales.
  • 50 mins: James is pinged for coming in too early and Italy have a penalty.
  • 51 mins: PENALTY - ITALY: Burton is good with the kick
  • 52 mins: SUB - WALES: Alun-Wyn Jones on for Andrew Coombs in the secondrow
  • 53 mins: PENALTY - WALES: Halfpenny puts Wales 10 points ahead with a booming kick. 
  • And there's good news from Lasswade in Scotland where the Ireland women's team are leading Scotland 25-3 in the closing stages and on the verge of winning their first Triple Crown. 
  • And Niamh Briggs has scored another try for Ireland late on against the Scots.
  • And the final score is 30-3 in Scotland as Ireland celebrate their first women's Triple Crown title.
  • 57 mins: Well you haven't missed much from the match in Rome as it's gone back to being a poor game. 
  • 59 mins: YELLOW CARD - ITALY: Castrogiovanni is sent to the bin after repeated infringements from the home side.
  • 61 mins: TRY - WALES: Cuthbert knifes through the porous Italian defence as Wales make Italy pay straight away.
  • 82 mins: CONVERSION - WALES: Halfpenny is good with the extras.
  • And over in Arizona, Shane Lowry has taken the early advantage in his Match Play clash with Graeme McDowell and is one up after two holes.
  • 65 mins: SUB - WALES: Lloyd Williams is on for Mike Phillips at scrumhalf.
  • Prop Lorenzo Cittadini comes on for Vosawai so we can have a scrum.
  • 67 mins: Simone Favaro done for blocking and it's a penalty to Wales.
  • 69 mins: Penalty to Wales and they go for the corner.
  • And Castogiovanni is back on the field as Wales take too long over their decision.
  • 69 mins: Sam Warburton is on for Ryan Jones for Wales
  • And James Hook in for Biggar at outhalf.
  • And Scott Williams for Jamie Roberts as Wales run their bench as we enter the final 10 minutes.

  • It's really hard to understand where the Italy of the opening day victory over France has gone. The amount of mistakes today has been horrendous and their gameplan has been woeful.
  • The stats say 10 handling errors per side, but it feels like there's been twice that.
  • The stand-in commentator for the Beeb, who we've ascertained is Hugh or probably Huw as he's Welsh, likes listing how many Welsh and Italian players are born outside their countries. Then again there isn't much to talk about in the match, certainly no flowing rugby. 
  • We can only hope that the battle of England and France at Twickenham can liven things up. It starts at 5pm and we'll have live coverage of the match they call 'Le Crunch' also.
  • Ireland will be hoping that France finally wake up after defeats to Italy and Wales in their Opening two games.  
  • 78 mins: Leigh Halfpenny has been awarded man of the match in Rome. I would have given it to tighthead Adam Jones myself. He set the tone early on by pulverising Lo Cicero and Wales haven't looked back.
  • Some of Italy's backline moves have been farcical. They are even passing the ball to the dummy runner. I'd say it was a schoolboy error, but that would be disrespectful to schoolboys, who produce better fare in Donnybrook.
  • FULL-TIME: Thank God for that, Roman Poite has put us out of our misery and blown up in Rome. If you sat through that rubbish you deserve a man/woman of the match award. We'll be back in 25 minutes for the build-up to the England v France clash and hopefully something resembling rugby union. 
  • And fair play to Jonathan Davies, who hands all the praise to his pack in the briefest of brief interviews.
  • Here's the results from the All-Ireland League while we await the start in Twickenham.
  • The Ireland women’s team celebrate after beating Scotland at Lasswade RFC in Edinburgh to win their first Triple Crown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.
    The Ireland women’s team celebrate after beating Scotland at Lasswade RFC in Edinburgh to win their first Triple Crown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.
  • And the teams are on the pitch at Twickenham, so here’s how they line out.

    ENGLAND: Alex Goode (Saracens); Chris Ashton (Saracens), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins); Owen Farrell (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester); Joe Marler (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), Dan Cole (Leicester), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt),nbsp; Tom Wood (Northampton)

    Replacements: Tom Youngs (Leicester), D Wilson (Bath), M Vunipola (Saracens), J Haskell (Wasps), T Waldrom (Leicester), D Care (Harlequins), T Flood (Leicester), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester).

    FRANCE: Yoann Huget (Toulouse); Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Benjamin Fall (Racing Metro); Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Morgan Parra (Clermont); Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Christophe Samson (Castres), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse).

    Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Luc Ducalcon (Racing Metro), Jocelino Suta (Toulon), Antoine Claassen (Castres), Maxime Machenaud (Racing Metro), Frederic Michalak (Toulon), Florian Fritz (Toulouse). 

    Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

  • And we're off and running at Twickenham.
  • And an early penalty to England
  • 2 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND: Owen Farrell nails his first kick and England lead.
  • 3 mins: French fullback Yoann Huget runs one back and France build some nice passages of play. 
  • 4 mins: And after a long advantage, ref Craig Joubert awards France a penalty.
  • And Morgan Parra will attempt the kick.
  • 5 mins: PENALTY - FRANCE: And Parra levels matters up. 
  • 7 mins: France are flying into tackles early on, trying to put pressure on England ball.
  • 8 mins: England knock-on and scrum to France.
  • 9 mins: Great kick from England fullback Alex Goode, but France retain the ball.
  • 11 mins: Clermont loosehead Thomas Domingo getting some early advantage on Dan Cole in the scrum.
  • 12 mins: And the French scrum looks to have the upper hand at Twickenham as they are awarded the penalty.
  • 14 mins: Free kick to England for an early shove by France, even though England pushed first.
  • 14 mins: It's pretty feisty on the pitch as the players square off after the breakdown.
  • 15 mins: Parra having a big influence early on at scrumhalf for France, doing plenty of good link-up play.
  • 16 mins: Yoann Huget fails to roll away and it's a penalty to England.
  • 17 mins: Turnover and penalty to France as Joe Marler is done for being off his feet at a ruck.
  • 19 mins: Now England turn the ball over as Dan Cole comes up with the ball.
  • 20 mins: Parra is working the blindside well to release his big runners. Advantage to France at this stage.
  • 22 mins: Lineout to England as France again favour the blindside channel.
  • 24 mins: Huget counter-attacks after France rob England yet again, although Farrell was tripped during the move. 
  • 24 mins: Farrell is caught on camera elbowing Parra, but it was not spotted by any of the officials.
  • 26 mins: Nicolas Mas not rolling away and penalty to England. The game is pretty scrappy at this stage.  
  • 27 mins: Manu Tuilagi breaks the French line but Parra saves the day. Farrell's kick to the corner is too long.
  • But he has the penalty.
  • 28 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND: And Farrell edges England into the lead.
  • 29 mins: Parra might well look to kick the ball in behind England's quick-rush defence here just to keep them on their toes. 
  • 30 mins: TRY - FRANCE: Brilliant run from Wesley Fofana as he shakes off England players on a huge run in for a try.
  • 31 mins: CONVERSION - FRANCE: Parra's kick is good and that's a great 7 points for France.
  • 33 mins: Domingo fails to roll away again and a kickable penalty for England.
  • 34 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND: No problem for Farrell and it's just a point between the teams now.
  • Two very stylish kickers at Twickenham in Farrell and the left-footed Parra.
  • 26 mins: Ben Youngs's kick is charged down by Yoann Maestri, but Goode is back to cover.
  • 39 mins: Parra the key man for France here, keeping England on the back foot with his deft little kicks.
  • 39 mins: Fofana back at centre and playing beautifully in avoiding England tackles.
  • And the replay of his try shows the England defenders just falling off Fofana.

  • 40 mins: MISSED PENALTY - ENGLAND: Parra misses one from the halfway line right on the buzzer and that's half-time 
  • Well the result as it stands would open up this championship ahead of the Scotland v Ireland match tomorrow. The teams are coming back on to the pitch and we're nearly ready to go in the second half.  

  • 41 mins: Huget knocks on while trying to collect his high ball and it's scrum to England.
  • 42 mins: And France push England back and get the penalty. Big moment in the game there.
  • 43 mins: MISSED PENALTY - FRANCE: Parra pulls the head off that and it goes right and wide.
  • 44 mins: Francois Trinh-Duc getting some attention on the pitch.
  • But he's back on his feet now.
  • 46 minutes: France again targeting the fringes but Mas is penalised for sealing off the ball
  • 46 mins: Dylan Hartley misses his man in the lineout and France clear from a dangerous position.
  • 48 minutes: Penalty to England as Thierry Dusautoir collapses England's maul.
  • 48 minues: PENALTY - ENGLAND: Farrell makes France pay and England back in the lead.
  • 50 mins: Parra wastes the advantage after kicking in behind the England cover.
  • 51 minutes: Great turnover by England and they attack France with purpose.
  • 52 mins: But Tom Wood is penalised for holding on and the momentum is lost.
  • 53 mins: Frantic passage of play ends with England knocking on.

  • Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola and James Haskell on Dyland Hartley, Joe Marler and Courtney Laws, while France bring on Frederic Michalak for Trinh-Duc
  • 54 mins: TRY- ENGLAND: Tuilagi surprises everyone as he sneaks away with the ball and over for the score.
  • 56 mins: MISSED CONVERSION - ENGLAND: Farrell misses his first kick of the afternoon.
  • 57 mins: Penalty against England for being in front of the kicker.
  • 57 mins: PENALTY - FRANCE: Michalak takes over the kicking duties and he's good with his first effort.
  • So a 4-point game and it's going to an intense last 22 minutes at Twickenham.
  • 60 mins: Tom Wood booted the ball against Vunipola in the build-up to Tuilagi's try, but England got away with it.
  • 60 mins: MISSED PENALTY - ENGLAND: Farrell scrubs his kick, not one for the highlight reel,
  • 61 mins: Farrell seems to be limping and it looks like a groin injury picked up with that penalty attempt. Toby Flood comes on.
  • 65 mins: Great spell of French possession is ended when Michalak knocks on.
  • Players taking a breather before the England put-in.

  • 65 mins: England's new scrum replacements getting the better of France's fresh meat

  • 67 mins: Vincent Clerc covers well from Flood's kick through. 
  • Maxime Machenaud on for Parra as France's bizarre replacement strategy continues.
  • 68 mins: Great interception from Robshaw and England attack now.
  • But Chris Ashton just can't gather Flood's kick and it's out for a lineout. 
  • Antoine Claassen comes on for France, replacing Yannick Nyanga.
  • 70 mins: Nyanga is not happy with something on the sideline as Michalak kicks a penalty into England territory.
  • 72 mins: Penalty to England as Basteraud is done for not rolling away.
  • 72 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND: Flood is good from straight in front of the posts and England now 7 points to the good.
  • And Basteraud is replaced by Florian Fritz.
  • 75 mins: And a horror pass from Michalak ruins a good position for France.
  • France's changes have not worked here and it looks to have cost them any chance of a win.
  • 76 mins: And Fritz gives away a penalty.
  • 77 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND: Flood puts 10 points between the teams and that is that.
  • And France coach Philippe Saint-Andre will have a lot of answering to do about taking off his most important players. Change for change sake has backfired spectacularly as France lost their shape and attacking edge. 
  • 15 tackles and 8 carries from Chris Robshaw makes the England captain the man of the match.
  • Full-time: So England are on course for their first Grand Slam in 10 years, while France's losing run continues and is now up to 5 games. Next up is a trip to Dublin on Saturday week. 
  • That's obviosuly 5 games in the Six Nations that France have lost. England's replacements were far better than the French second-string in the final quarter, but why did Saint-Andre make so many changes. Parra and Trinh-Duc going off made a huge difference to the game, but England deserved it in the end with their intensity in the last 20 minutes.  
  • That's all from us tonight folks, but you can join Carl O'Malley tomorrow afternoon for the Scotland v Ireland clash at Murrayfield. Until then, have a good Saturday night for yourselves.