Rome may just have had its heaviest snowfall for 27 years but Martin Castrogiovanni is promising England the warmest of welcomes at the weekend.
England have now lost nine of their last 10 internationals.
England have opted not to rush Toby Flood back into their squad for the Six Nations game against Italy in Rome on Saturday.
Just as with the moving finger of Omar Khayyam – not a new mystery spinner – which having writ, moves on, so with cricket tours.
I love the pain," Laura Trott says, opening her eyes wide as she imagines the hurt that will accompany her pursuit of at least one gold medal at the Olympic velodrome this summer.
England's rugby players will head to Greenwich on Tuesday for a full-scale practice match which Stuart Lancaster says will shape his team selection to face Italy in Rome this weekend.
The inaugural Betfair Super Saturday meeting at Newbury this weekend, which already has Long Run, Grands Crus and Zarkandar among its likely runners, acquired an unexpected fresh attraction on Monday when the Scilly Isles Novice Chase, which was due to take place at Sandown last weekend, was added to the card.
Any visiting Martians out there wondering what professional boxing is all about might be enlightened to learn that the hot-air press conference here on Wednesday for the Fight Of The Century lasted eight minutes longer than it is possible for Saturday night’s bout to detain us.
“Opening day and here’s the first pitch, and the season’s over.”
As befits the pantomime buffoonery that attends professional fisticuffs, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather made their “grand entrances” in Las Vegas on Tuesday in separate casinos, a mile and several hours apart, an appropriate metaphor for the lingering distance between them.