Ireland can take control
Italy were dealt with professionally as Ireland tallied five tries in an impressive 30-5 win in Florence.
This is a fast-changing environment as witnessed by Wales' 13-0 defeat of England on the opening weekend.
Ireland would be best placed to take advantage as long as they can handle the French in Ashbourne RFC tonight (KO 7.30).
Ireland: N Briggs (capt), H Tyrrell, J Murphy, K Fitzhenry, A Miller; N Stapleton, L Muldoon; R O'Reilly, G Bourke, A Egan, S Spence, ML Reilly, P Fitzpatrick, C Molloy, H O'Brien.