Are the Italian press sensing any vulnerabilities ahead of Ireland's Six Nations clash?

We have a look at their rugby media ahead of Saturday's encounter

Italy, Sergio Parisse

Italy's Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni during the National Anthem against England ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

With just one draw and two defeats from the first three Six Nations games, Ireland go into Saturday's match against Italy under some pressure to get a result.

A defeat to the Italians would almost certainly place Ireland in wooden spoon territory, a fate that the Azzurri have occasionally suffered.

As TuttoSport add in their very short preview for the game, it would be "dramatic" if finishing bottom of the Six Nations were the fate of Ireland this year on the back of winning the trophy last year, while they also remind themselves that Italy have been in the same position in two of the last three seasons. 

Despite Ireland's form and injury problems, La Stampa say Italy need experience to prevail at the Aviva Stadium, although they highlight the quote from lock Quintin Geldenhuys, who says that "Ireland are under pressure".

Meanwhile, from their own point of view, the Rugby 1823 blog is highlighting one milestone in the sense that captain Sergio Parisse will equal Martin Castrogiovanni's 118 international test caps on Saturday.