The Six Nations kicked off with England boss Steve Borthwick and Wales chief Warren Gatland getting their tenures off to the worst possible start against Scotland and Ireland respectively. And on Sunday, Grand Slam-holders France edged past Italy in Rome.
France survived a huge scare as they started their Six Nations campaign with a nerve-racking 29-24 away victory over Italy on Saturday.
Rugby's Six Nations Championship returns this weekend for the 2023 tournament, with some faces old and new leading the teams.
Ivan Nemer has been suspended until June 30 after giving Black teammate Cherif Traore a "rotten banana" as a Christmas present, the Italian Rugby Federation said on Friday.
South Africa turned on the second-half heat as they ran in a total of nine tries in a dominant 63-21 win over Italy in their test at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Saturday.
The rugby continues to deliver across the U.K and Europe, with several gripping encounters highlighting the weekend's action. But Rassie Erasmus doesn't appear to be enjoying himself, if his Twitter videos are any guide.
Livewire fullback Ange Capuozzo scored a brace of tries as Italy claimed a historic first ever victory over Australia with a 28-27 triumph in Florence on Saturday.
Italy ended their 36-game Six Nations losing streak vs. Wales on Saturday, earning their first victory in the competition in seven years.
Centre Chris Harris scored a brace of tries as Scotland edged to a 33-22 bonus-point victory over Italy in their Six Nations encounter at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
Scotland's Matt Fagerson and Hamish Watson have returned to beef up the back row against Italy in the Six Nations in Rome on Saturday as coach Gregor Townsend makes five changes.
Ireland kept the pressure on unbeaten Six Nations leaders France with a 57-6 thrashing of Italy on Sunday.
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has been named on the bench for their Six Nation's clash against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, while fullback Michael Lowry is set to earn his first international cap.
The Reds lost Taniela Tupou before kick-off, Tate McDermott before halftime, had little ball nor territory, but still found a way to scrounge what may prove to be a crucial victory on the road in Sydney.
Izack Rodda's contract extension was good news for Australian rugby, but the question must still be asked whether the country puts enough importance on the lock position. Meanwhile, is this the year the Waratahs come unstuck in Super W?
With Super Rugby Pacific underway, and the Six Nations set to resume after a week off, there is plenty happening across the rugby world. Our writers break down some of the big stories in the first edition of Rugby Real or Not.
There are no plans to change the participants of Rugby's Six Nations, the organising body said in a statement on Friday, amid media reports that South Africa are set to replace Italy in the tournament.
England got their Six Nations campaign back on track with a 33-0 bonus-point win in Italy on Sunday, as Jamie George scored two tries and Ben Youngs equalled his country's test cap record.
Eddie Jones has made a number of changes to his side to face Italy in the Six Nations Championship at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Sunday.
France began their bid for a first Six Nations title since 2010 with a 37-10 bonus-point win over Italy at a rain-soaked Stade de France on Sunday.
France have made two changes to the side that defeated New Zealand last November ahead of their 2022 Six Nations opener vs. Italy on Sunday.
Flying winger Louis Lynagh, son of Wallabies great Michael Lynagh, has now been approached by Italy about the prospect of playing Test rugby for the Azzurri.
Argentina outscored Italy by five tries to one as they returned to winning ways, after seven successive losses, with a 37-16 win at the Stadio Communale Monigo on Saturday.
Former New Zealand international Kieran Crowley has replaced Franco Smith as Italy's rugby coach, the country's rugby federation said on Wednesday.
Scotland ran in eight tries to ensure a record 52-10 victory over Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday and a return to winning ways after successive narrow defeats in the Six Nations.
As the final round of the 2021 Six Nations approaches, Wayne Pivac's Wales side are on the verge of history as they chase the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton previews what's at stake in this weekend's games.
- ITALY5thTries Scored 1st France : 4 Tries ScoredFRA1st24
- ITALY4thPoints Difference 1st Ireland : 24 Points DifferenceIRE1st-524