Ireland sweat on Henshaw injury after Italian stroll

O'Shea's final game in an Ireland shirt was the 50-18 defeat by England in 2000

O'Shea's final game in an Ireland shirt was the 50-18 defeat by England in 2000

Conor O'Shea's men were thumped 46-15 in Rome last Sunday and this latest setback marked their 14th straight defeat in the Six Nations. He's a lot more comfortable now, which is promising, but what's not promising is the degree of discomfort he was in.

Saturday evening plays host the pick of the Round 2 clashes of one of rugby's fiercest rivalries is reignited under the evening skies of Twickenham Stadium as reigning Six Nations champions England welcome Wales across the border, with both clubs seeking back-to-back wins. Ireland were the only team in the tournament that failed to score a try last weekend, and needed a long-distance drop-goal from Johnny Sexton to snatch victory.

The changes are all in the pack, with Luca Bigi is in for Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker, Nicola Quaglio at loosehead replacing Andrea Lovotti and Braam Steyn at openside in for Renato Giammarioli.

A strong carry from Bundee Aki provided the third score and the Connacht man led the break to set up Keith Earls to secure the bonus point before the break.

Ireland will anxiously await an update on the fitness of Robbie Henshaw after the centre suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in the Six Nations win over Italy.

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Bonus point secured, job done.

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The Leinster back left the field with his injured right arm in a sling, but head coach Joe Schmidt is holding on to hope Henshaw may have avoided serious injury.

In the 53rd minute, captain Rory Best got in on the act for Ireland - his first Test try for five years - and Joey Carbery's first conversion made it 42-0.

However, with the game long gone the Italians found some spark and Tommaso Castello got the better of Dan Leavy to release Tommaso Allan with the fly-half going over and converting his try to put Italy on the scoreboard with just over 20 minutes to go.

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