Complacency would be the only real enemy Ireland will face in Dublin today. Although competitive in all their games to date the Italian forwards have strangely been their weak link with their backs being aggressive and able to penetrate defences.
This will be Brian O’Driscoll’s final game at Aviva Stadium as he has announced his intention to retire from test rugby at the end of the 6 Nations Championship. This will be his 140th test rugby match (132 for Ireland, 8 for British and Irish Lions) overtaking Australia’s George Gregan’s 139 tests.
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It will such a great day for Irish rugby and for O’Driscoll and the fans. Keeping a focus will be difficult but I expect Ireland will be too strong for an Italian side without Sergio Parisse.
Ireland by 20 points