Ireland vs Italy: Last five Six Nations meetings

Ireland welcome Italy to the Aviva Stadium this Saturday, where they will be looking to build on their dramatic 15-13 win over France.

Jonny Sexton kicked a last gasp drop goal to secure the victory, while Italy suffered a heavy 46-15 defeat to England.

We take a look back on the last five Six Nations meetings between the two countries.

11/02/17 – Italy 10 – 63 Ireland

After kicking their campaign off with a 27-22 loss to Scotland, Ireland travelled to Rome with a point to prove.

They were 28-10 up at half-time, with two converted tries for both Keith Earls and CJ Stander.

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Stander completed his hat-trick early in the second half, before replacement Craig Gilroy scored three tries in the space of 13 minutes.

There was also a try for Garry Ringrose, as Ireland ran in 35 unanswered second-half points.

Italy finished the 2017 campaign with five losses and a points difference of -151.

12/03/16 – Ireland 58 – 15 Italy

Ireland came into the game off the back of a draw with Wales and defeats to England and France, while Italy lost to Scotland and France.

Four first-half tries, from Andrew Trimble, Jack McGrath, CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip, along with five points from Jonny Sexton, put the game beyond Italy’s reach at half-time.

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The Irish added five second half tries, while Italy responded with two of their own, seeing the game finish 58-15.

Ireland finished third with a record of two wins, two losses and one draw, while Italy lost all five of their matches.

England won the tournament, winning all five of their games, with Scotland’s Stuart Hogg named player of the tournament.

07/02/15 – Italy 3 – 26 Ireland

The two sides met in the first week in front of 57,700 fans in Rome.

The Irish led 9-3 at half-time, with three Ian Keatley penalties giving them the advantage.

Tries from Conor Murray and Tommy O’Donnell in the space of two second half minutes saw Ireland take the game away from the home side.

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Ireland went on to seal their 13th Six Nations title and captain Paul O’Connell named player of the tournament.

Italy recorded a 22-19 win over Scotland at Murrayfield to leave the Scottish bottom of the standings.

08/03/14 – Ireland 46 – 7 Italy

Having lost 13-10 to England, Ireland came into the match needing a big win to keep their title hopes alive.

12 points from Jonny Sexton and an Andrew Trimble try gave Ireland a 17-7 advantage at half-time, with Italy’s score from a converted Leonardo Sarto try.

Joe Schmidt’s side scored five second half tries, including a second for Sexton and one each for replacements Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath and Fergus McFadden.

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Ireland went on to defeat France 22-20 in Paris to seal the title, with Sexton contributing 17 points.

The Irish fly-half finished joint-top try scorer (4) with England’s Mike Brown, who was named player of the tournament.

16/03/13 – Italy 22 – 15 Ireland

This marked a low point for Irish rugby, losing to Italy for the first time since 1997.

Luciano Orquera scored 14 points, including the conversion of Giovanbattista Venditti’s try.

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The dismal campaign, which seen Ireland start with a 30-22 away to Wales, meant Ireland dropped to ninth in the IRB World Rankings.

It also marked the first time in six years that Italy had won two games in a Six Nations campaign, after they beat France 23-18 in Rome.

Italy finished fourth in the standings, above Ireland and France, with Wales winning their 26th Six Nations title.

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