Rugby - Italy edge out Ireland in Rome

Ireland succumbed to a first defeat by Italy in the RBS 6 Nations that left them perilously close to finishing with the wooden spoon.

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Rugby - Italy edge out Ireland in Rome

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Giovanbattista Venditti scored a second-half try for Italy

Wing Giovanbattista Venditti scored a 49th-minute try while Luciano Orquera kicked 14 points and Gonzalo Garcia a long-range penalty as the hosts clinched a 22-15 victory.

All of Ireland's points were supplied by Paddy Jackson and now they await the outcome of France's clash with Scotland to see if they finish bottom of the championship.

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