Franco Smith rugby player
Franco Smith rugby player

Franco Smith

29th Jul 1972 1.83m/89kg Head Coach

North to make history as Wales eye Triple Crown, winless Ireland expected to defeat the Azzurri

6 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

England will be out to put a dent in Wales' Six Nations title hopes in Cardiff and enhance their own chances of retaining the trophy.   Wales go in search of a Triple Crown in a blockbuster battle...

Ireland seek to rub salt into Azzurri's wounds

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

The third round of the 2021 Six Nations will kick-off in Rome where the Italians meet the Men in Green of Ireland.   Italy’s overall situation in the Six Nations is dire, to say the least,...

Tuesday's round-up of Six Nations news

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Wales injury update:   There is good news in the pipeline for the Welsh at scrumhalf with Tomos Williams back at training after his hamstring issues. The 26 year-old is, however, not expected to...

Franco Smith calls on experience for England clash

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Italy head coach Franco Smith has called on the experience of Carlo Canna and Andrea Lovotti for Italy's clash with England at Twickenham.   The pair have been recalled to the starting XV after...

Rattled England look for big performance against Italy

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

After a disappointing performance in Round 1, England will be hungry to grab the opportunity placed before them in Round 2 – a lacklustre Italian outfit who took 50 points against the fiery French...

Italy ditch dual playmakers for French Six Nations clash

4 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

A youthful French side will host France in the opening Six Nations match of the year.   Franco Smith has rung the changes from the side that competed in the Autumn Nations Cup with one of the biggest...

Franco Smith and Luca Bigi discuss Italy's strive for consistency

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Italy head coach Franco Smith and captain Luca Bigi give their thoughts on the Championship at the 2021 Guinness Six Nations virtual launch      

Four uncapped players in Franco Smith's Italy Six Nations squad

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Italy Head Coach Franco Smith has named four uncapped players in his 2021 Six Nations squad.   The Zebre front-row duo of Daniele Rimpelli and Marco Manfredi come into the side while Mogliano lock...

Monty Ioane to debut for Italy

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Former Bay of Plenty and Tasman Mako winger Monty Ioane will make his eagerly-awaited Italy debut in the Autumn Nations Cup on Saturday.   The Benetton winger became eligible last month and...

Italy change three for French Test

3 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Franco Smith has made three changes to his starting line-up for Italy’s final group game in the Autumn Nations Cup against France in Paris on Saturday.   The Azzurri are without Jake Polledri...