Lock Ali Williams will retire from the international arena after 77 All Blacks Tests, but will stay on in Super Rugby with the Blues.
Justin Davis Six Nations minnows Italy produced a breathtaking display to hand Ireland a 22-15 defeat at Rome's Olympic Stadium on what was veteran Andrea Lo Cicero's 103rd and final appearance for the Azzurri.
Julian Guyer England came through a huge scare to keep their Grand Slam hopes alive with an unconvincing 18-11 victory over Italy in the Six Nations Championship at Twickenham on Sunday.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said it's back to the drawing board for his side.
Georgina Robinson The Wallabies plans to disrupt Italy at the set piece have taken a blow with the withdrawal of hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.
David Kelso Scotland rebounded from their drubbing at the hands of England at Twickenham to defeat Italy 34-10 in a Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Wales's Sam Warburton will have to make do with a place on the bench after interim head coach Rob Howley confirmed his replacements Tuesday for Saturday's Six Nations international away to Italy.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse will miss the rest of the Six Nations Championship after picking up a 30-day ban on Wednesday for swearing at a referee.
Georgina Robinson After defeating England, Wallabies look to put together another good performance.
Georgina Robinson Drew Mitchell is expected to make his second start for the Wallabies since injuring his hamstring in the Rugby World Cup 13 months ago.
All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read will captain New Zealand for the first time in the Test against Italy at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Sunday (AEDT).
Russell Jackson WALLABY David Pocock remains on track to return for next weekend's rugby Test against Italy in Florence but Kane Douglas's chances of playing out the remainder of the European tour are doubtful.
Italy warmed up for the visit of two rugby heavyweights in the coming weeks with an unconvincing 28-23 win over a feisty Tonga side here on Saturday.
Captain Felipe Contepomi scored 22 points as Argentina made a winning start to their programme of June tests with a 37-22 victory over Italy in San Juan on Saturday.
Kris Burton kicked 20 points, rallying Italy in the second half for a 25-16 victory over Canada on Friday in an international rugby union friendly.
Riccardo Bocchino kicked three penalties and two conversions as Italy beat the United States 30-10, running in three tries on Saturday.
Australian-born Burton in Italy Six Nations side.
Luke Phillips World Cup finalists France handed new coach Philippe Saint-Andre a winning start in the Six Nations with a 30-12 victory over Italy at a freezing Stade de France on Saturday.
Barnaby Chesterman England overcame a half-time deficit to hit back and deny Italy a historic victory at the Stadio Olimpico here on Saturday in a pulsating 19-15 Six Nations victory.
England fight back to snatch victory against Italy.