Conor O Shea

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Ireland’s Josh van der Flier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium in their World Cup warm-up. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s always hard to tell with the pre-World Cup phoney war. Extreme results are commonplace, with even the All Blacks as well as Australia and Ireland(...)

Kyle Sinckler in action for England during last Friday’s win over Italy in Newcastle. Photograph: EPA

The 2019 Rugby World Cup does not kick off until Friday week, but the chances of a mellow, uneventful tournament already feel remote. The typhoon that(...)

Rory Best:  needs a big game over one of the next two Saturdays against Wales after his  struggles at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Rogers/RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images

Let’s begin by looking at the positives. Things can hardly get any worse, or at any rate this Ireland team can hardly play any worse, can they? Furth(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

Joey Carbery   receives medical attention prior to being taken off during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 In what represented something of a trial for a host of players, ironically it was the performance and premature departure of one (...)

Dave Kearney Ireland’s second try against Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

“Always a thought,” said Italy coach Conor O’Shea when asked if he believed his team could hold the lead against Ireland when they went ahead twice in(...)

 Ireland’s Joey Carbery is helped from the pitch after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Ireland 29 Italy 10 Ireland duly negotiated their first of four World Cup warm-up games, but this ninth successive win over the Azzurri was not witho(...)

Jean Kleyn: after becoming eligible on the three-year residency ruling, the Munster lock  will make his  Ireland debut against Italy.     Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As expected, opportunity knocks for a clutch of players named in Ireland’s opening World Cup warm-up game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow (...)

Munster lock Jean Kleyn will make his Ireland debut against Italy on Saturday at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Last chance saloon and new beginnings all rolled into the one Ireland team. Jean Kleyn becomes an official Irishman against Italy on Saturday at the (...)

 Conor O’Shea:  highly regarded coach has been in Italian rugby’s top job since 2016.  Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Italy must do everything possible to retain the services of head coach Conor O’Shea after the Rugby World Cup, according to his defence coach Marius G(...)

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