Conor O Shea

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 Stuart Lancaster is an option for the English RFU as they search for Eddie Jones’s successor as England head coach. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

The English Rugby Football Union interim chief executive, Nigel Melville, is planning to speak to Warren Gatland as part of his search for Eddie Jones(...)

 Conor Murray has not played sinice last June. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Zebre v Munster, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Sunday, 3.30pm (Live Eir Sport) Conor Murray and Chris Farrell return for Munster on Sunday as Johann van (...)

Ireland line up for the national anthem ahead of the Guinness Series clash with New Zealand. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Following the win against the All Blacks on Saturday, Joe Schmidt and his Irish team have achieved its highest ranking ever with the team continuing t(...)

Italy’s outhalf Tommaso Allan runs in  to score a try during the autumn international against Georgia   in Florence. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Italy 28 Georgia 17 Italy boosted their case for continued inclusion in the Six Nations on Saturday with a 28-17 win over Georgia in Florence, the te(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is tackled by Giulio Bisegni of Italy at Solider Field, Chicago.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A 100 per cent record in Soldier Field – not bad when it was the world number one team New Zealand and a Six Nations team. There are big winners, Ital(...)

Ireland’s Luke McGrath running in to score his side’s second try at Solider Field, Chicago. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

IRELAND 54 ITALY 7 As befitted a half-empty stadium, this could be considered as either a glass half-full or half-empty performance. A slightly curi(...)

 Ireland’s Jordan Larmour gets past Italy’s Michele Campagnaro  to run in his third try during the match at Soldier Field. Photograph: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Joe Schmidt admitted that much of the first-half of Ireland’s 54-7 win over Italy was “stodgy” but this game was lifted out of its ordinariness by the(...)

Jordan Larmour scores Ireland’s  fourth try during the match against Italy in Chicago. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 54 Italy 7 Italian job done yet again. It may have taken a while but as so often happens in modern rugby the superior team reaps its rewards (...)

Jordi Murphy, Will Addison and Bundee Aki  at the  Chicago Bulls vs Denver Nuggets NBA game at the  United Center, Chicago.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A friendly in Chicago between two Six Nations rivals may seem somewhat contrived, and certainly not the most important fixture of all time – or even o(...)

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea: “our biggest issue now is mental, and regenerating momentum and getting that belief”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Conor O’Shea is an innately upbeat, optimistic person, which seems a particularly important trait when head coach of Italy. Nothing has changed in tha(...)

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