Six Nations Preview Round 2

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Italy are seeking only their second Six Nations triumph over Ireland, who have won 17 of the 18 past tournament clashes between the sides.

Certainly the way they reduced the Azzurri to so much rubble will do their confidence levels no harm whatsoever ahead of the visit of Wales' in a fortnight's time.

Ireland's 56-19 victory over Italy at the Aviva Stadium sets them up nicely for the visit of Wales in two weeks time.

That particular encounter will not be for the faint hearted, but after Jonathan Sexton's dramatic late drop-goal sealed a famous 15-13 in Paris seven days earlier, this was a relative stroll in the park, even if Ireland did concede three tries.

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A sensational opening round will be a tough act to follow, but you can rest assured, the Natwest Six Nations will show no signs of relenting in Round 2 with some fierce action set to unfold.

Ireland had secured the bonus point by half-time, four first-half tries securing a 28-0 advantage, all expertly converted by Johnny Sexton.

Promising back Jordan Larmour, who has scored six tries in 14 games since making his Leinster debut, was named among the replacements but came off the bench to make his senior global bow.

The changes are all in the pack, with Luca Bigi is in for Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker, Nicola Quaglio at loosehead replacing Andrea Lovotti and Braam Steyn at openside in for Renato Giammarioli.

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Henshaw opened the scoring in the 12th minute and, two minutes later, Conor Murray scored the pick of Ireland's tries after great hands by Conor Murray.

Henshaw was hurt in the act of scoring his second try as Ireland ran out 56-19 winners in Dublin to maintain their ideal start to the tournament. "We've got a scan booked for him".

However, Henshaw's injury clearly looks more serious and he is due to have a scan tomorrow and it is possible that his Six Nations could be over already at this early stage.

But slack defending saw Allan and Gori run from deep to score with Italy's best try coming when full-back Minozzi touched down in the corner.

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