Italy boss O'Shea trims Six Nations squad for Ireland clash

Italy boss O'Shea trims Six Nations squad for Ireland clash

Italy coach Conor O’Shea on Tuesday trimmed back his Six Nations squad to 26 players ahead of their second tournament game against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, at 9:15pm Cambodian time.

After a final training session in Rome, Irishman O’Shea released five players back to their clubs – injured flanker Giovanni Licata, George Biagi, Giulio Bisegni, Renato Giammarioli and Edoardo Padovani.

Italy lost their opening match against defending champions England 46-15 in the Stadio Olimpico last Sunday and travelled to Ireland on Wednesday.

Ireland beat France 15-13 in their Six Nations curtain-raiser.

The last time Italy beat Ireland was in a Six Nations tie in Rome in 2013, with the Irish winning their last five clashes.

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