Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Which Europe will it be? Macron's strong push for multi-speed E.U.

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Shootouts between Mexican drug cartels and police; and what women use for their periods in India

Read more

FOCUS

Rwanda banking on new technology to boost economy

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'No regrets' on FARC peace deal, says Colombia's Santos

Read more

ENCORE!

Colombia: How culture is helping to change a nation

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Chad added to US travel ban list

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Alstom, Siemens boards consider train builder merger

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Macron's EU plans thwarted by German election'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Online reactions to Kurdish referendum

Read more

Sports

Ireland romp home in easy win over Italy at Croke Park

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-07

In their opening game of the Six Nations Championship, title holders Ireland led by Brian O'Driscoll beat Italy 29-11 at Croke Park, Dublin, bringing to 12 Ireland's run of unbroken wins.

REUTERS - Ireland eased into the defence of their Six Nations title on Saturday, breezing past Italy with a 29-11 victory in Croke Park that extended their unbeaten run to 12 test matches.

Ireland were almost out of sight by half time with tries from scrumhalf Tomas O'Leary and number eight Jamie Heaslip which together with a flawless half of kicking from returning flyhalf Ronan O'Gara gave them a 15-point advantage.

Italy pegged back the lead thanks to a charged-down Kaine Robertson try just before the break and kept the hosts at bay for much of a dull second period.

Ireland, who last year won their first Grand Slam since 1948, face far tougher tests before the end of February with away games in France and England.

Calendar and results

Date created : 2010-02-06

  • RUGBY - SIX NATIONS

    Scotland vs France: the experts' view

    Read more

  • SIX NATIONS

    Haskell the hero as England beat Wales 30-17

    Read more

  • SIX NATIONS REWIND

    Murrayfield crowd sings "Flower of Scotland" for the first time (1990)

    Read more

COMMENT(S)