18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
It may have taken six seasons but Italy finally have a 6 Nations 'away' point to cherish thanks to Saturday's 18-18 draw with Wales in Cardiff.
RBS 6 NATIONS: Saturday, March 11
WALES 18 ITALY 18, Millennium Stadium (Att: 74,402)
Scorers: Wales: Tries: Mark Jones, Stephen Jones; Con: S Jones; Pens: S Jones 2
Italy: Tries: Ezio Galon, Pablo Canavosio; Con: Ramiro Pez; Pens: Pez 2
TIME LINE: 4 minutes - Wales penalty: Stephen Jones - 3-0; 10 mins - Wales try: Mark Jones - 8-0; conversion: missed by Stephen Jones - 8-0; 15 mins - Italy try: Ezio Galon - 8-5; conversion: missed by Ramiro Pez - 8-5; 23 mins - Wales try: Stephen Jones - 13-5; conversion: Stephen Jones - 15-5; 31 mins - Italy penalty: missed by Ramiro Pez - 15-5; 33 mins - Italy penalty: Ramiro Pez - 15-8; 39 mins - Italy try: Pablo Canavosio - 15-13; conversion: Ramiro Pez - 15-15; Half-time - Wales 15 Italy 15; 43 mins - Italy penalty: missed by Ramiro Pez - 15-15; 46 mins - Italy penalty: Ramiro Pez - 15-18; 49 mins - Italy penalty: missed by Ramiro Pez - 15-18; 59 mins - Wales penalty: Stephen Jones - 18-18; Full-time - Wales 18 Italy 18
WALES: Lee Byrne; Mark Jones, Hal Luscombe, Matthew Watkins, Shane Williams; Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel; Duncan Jones, Rhys Thomas, Adam Jones, Ian Gough, Robert Sidoli, Colin Charvis, Martyn Williams, Michael Owen (capt).
Replacements used: Michael Phillips for Peel (8 mins), Alix Popham for Charvis (52), Gethin Jenkins for D Jones (57), Mefin Davies for R Thomas (71), Jonathan Thomas for Sidoli (75). Not used: Nicky Robinson, Gavin Henson.
ITALY: Ezio Galon; Pablo Canavosio, Gonzalo Canale, Mirco Bergamasco, Ludovico Nitoglia; Ramiro Pez, Paul Griffen; Salvatore Perugini, Carlo Festuccia, Carlos Nieto, Santiago Dellape, Marco Bortolami (capt), Sergio Parisse, Maurizio Zaffiri, Josh Sole.
Replacements used: Martin Castrogiovanni for Nieto (24 mins), Cristian Stoica for Canavosio (47), Carlo Del Fava for Dellape (50), Fabio Ongaro for Festuccia (67), Alessandro Zanni for Parisse (73), Andrea Lo Cicero for Zaffiri (80). Not used: Simon Picone.
RBS 6 Nations Man of the match: Mirco Bergmasco (Italy)
Referee: Jokl Jutge (France)