Italy is a developing rugby nation. The Azzurri are improving with each international competition they enter.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel insists his team are fully focused on the vital fixture against Tonga on Saturday.
Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has named his 30-man squad for the forthcoming autumn internationals against Tonga, New Zealand and Australia.
Italy beat the United States 30-10 in front of a record home crowd for the Americans in Houston.
Fly-half Kris Burton kicked 20 points to guide Italy to a 25-16 victory over Canada in Toronto on Saturday.
Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni is relishing the chance to captain Italy in Saturday's Test match against Canada in Toronto.
Felipe Contepomi scored a try and kicked 17 points as Argentina came from behind to beat Italy 37-22 in their one-off Test in San Juan.
Lock Marco Bortolami will captain Italy in the absence of Sergio Parisse for the first mid-year Test match against Argentina on Saturday, as prop Alberto de Marchi earns his first cap, coach Jacques Brunel confirmed.
The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) has on Thursday, revealed that Zebre (Zebras) will be the new club to replace Aironi in the Heineken Cup and the Pro12 competitions for the 2012/13 season.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse will make his country's tour with hopes high he will recover from his thigh injury to be fit enough to play the second Test against Canada, the Italian rugby federation said on Tuesday.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel on Monday named seven new caps in a 30-strong squad for a tour that comprises Test matches against Argentina, Canada and the United States.
Italy has chosen the intimidating 72,000-seat Stadio Olimpico in Rome to host their Test clash with world champions New Zealand on November 17 this year.
Italy won just once in the 2012 Six Nations but coach Jacques Brunel believes the Azzurri have the potential to go all the way in the future.
South African born halfback Tobias Botes suffered a broken arm in Saturday's 13-6 win over Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico.
Head coach Jacques Brunel believes Italy are still on course to be challenging for the Six Nations by 2015 after a 13-6 victory over Scotland allowed them to avoid the wooden spoon.
Jacques Brunel's first victory as Italian coach was particularly satisfying as the win over Scotland meant that the Azzurri avoided the Six Nations Wooden Spoon for the first time since 2007.
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