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Rugby: Italy pipped by Scotland in Rome

Azzurri heading for wooden spoon

22 February, 16:29
Rugby: Italy pipped by Scotland in Rome (ANSA) - Rome, February 22 - Italy lost 21-20 to Scotland in Rome Saturday and now look certain to land the Six Nations' wooden spoon, the tournament's booby prize for finishing last.

The Azzurri produced a courageous performance in a 23-15 defeat in Wales in their opener, but they were thumped 30-10 by France in Paris last time out.

Scotland suffered big defeats to Ireland and England.

Italy matched their best-ever Six Nations showing last year when they beat Ireland and France at home to finish with two wins.

Jacques Brunel's team are the holders of a record nine wooden spoons since the Five Nations became Six with their entry in 2000.

Captain Sergio Parisse and prop Martin Castrogiovanni will made their 104th appearances for Italy Saturday, breaking the previous record of 103 caps held by retired prop Andrea Lo Cicero.

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