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Friday 17 August 2018

Robinson facing ruin in Rome

Italy v Scotland tomorrow 12.30 (live rté2/bbc1)

THERE is about as much interest in this one as the bands that open up for Bruce Springsteen on a summer's evening. Who will be the biggest loser?

The wooden spoon is there for the receiving for two coaches in for a hot reception from their employers.

Andy Robinson is a solid operator with a solid bunch of players.

Honours

Sure, you can build a forward pack around Richie Gray, but, at this level, you need a lot more than that to challenge for honours.

The manner in which the Scots were swept aside by Ireland must have come as a sickener to Robinson. They won at Croke Park in 2010. They were dismantled at The Aviva.

Verdict: Italy

Italy: A Masi; G Venditi, T Benvenuti, G Canale, M Bergamasco; K Burton, E Gori; A Lo Cicero, L Ghiraldini, M Castrogiovanni, Q Geldenhuys, M Bortolami. A Zanni, R Barbieri, S Parisse (capt).

Scotland: S Hogg; M Evans, N de Luca, G Morrison, S Lamont; G Laidlaw, M Blair; A Jacobsen, R Ford (capt), G Cross, R Gray, J Hamilton, J Barclay, R Rennie, D Denton.

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