Gordon D’Arcy wonders about the durability of rugby in Italy; Spurs knocked out of the FA Cup

That’s a good question to ask now, is rugby in Italy sustainable or even viable? This is the question that Gordon D’Arcy asks himself in his column this morning after yet another defeat for the Italian team at the Six Nations. “If you asked most Italians for their top 10 sports,” he wrote, “rugby wouldn’t make too many lists. To give you an example, bodybuilding is ranked 10th with 550,000 participants and rugby is nowhere to be found. Leinster confirmed that Caelan Doris, Jordan Larmour and Tommy O’Brien have all signed new contracts of indefinite durations.

Middlesbrough produced another FA Cup upset last night by eliminate Tottenham with a 1-0 victory in extra time in the fifth round at Riverside Stadium. Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zinchenko captained Manchester City to a 2-0 win at Peterborough, while Crystal Palace left him late to edge out Stoke City. James Maddison and Jamie Vardy came off the bench to deliver Leicester’s first Premier League win of 2022 – a 2-0 win at Burnley. Thomas Tuchel has urged journalists to stop asking him questions about the Ukraine invasion and Roman Abramovich’s plan to hand over the stewardship and care of Chelsea to the club’s charitable foundation. The club manager said: “Listen, listen, listen, you have to stop. I am not a politician. You have to stop. . . ”

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