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An easy win left an unsatisfying taste for Ireland as Italy mismatch was a wasted chance to blood Billy Burns

Peter Bills


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Johnny Sexton got the nod to start but wasn't this an opportunity to give Billy Burns a real go?

Johnny Sexton got the nod to start but wasn't this an opportunity to give Billy Burns a real go?

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Johnny Sexton got the nod to start but wasn't this an opportunity to give Billy Burns a real go?

The Irish have been journeying to Rome since the dawn of civilisation. Or since about 10-48.

But it's doubtful whether they've ever been handed the number of gifts as welcome visitors that Italy's rugby men served up in the Rome sunshine this afternoon.

Italy cannot afford to concede soft penalties throughout any match. And as if leaking points from conceded penalties wasn't enough, Ireland's Italian hosts then conceded two yellow cards in the second half just to make sure Ireland cruised home to an overwhelming win. 


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