Conor O Shea

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Ireland celebrate at the full-time whistle  after defeating England  at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Twickenham. The worst place to lose, but the best place to win. Come the full-time whistle this afternoon the ground will either be reverberating to S(...)

Italy manager Conor O’Shea: ““I am happy we are seeing progress but I am desperate to win because that is what you are judged on.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wales v Italy Principality Stadium, Sunday, 3.0pm, TV3, BBC 1 Conor O’Shea is one of rugby’s glass-half-full characters, but even his ebullience in (...)

Italy head  Conor O’Shea:  “I hope we can offer ourselves and our fans a performance to be proud of.” Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Conor O’Shea wants Italy to learn from their mistakes when the Six Nations Championship enters new territory on Friday. The Azzurri head to Marseille(...)

 Francois Trinh Duc is chased by  Mathieu Bastareaud during a training session at the Maurice David stadium in Aix-en-Provence ahead of Friday’s Six Nations game against Italy in Marseille. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

France coach Jacques Brunel reshuffled his backline as Les Bleus look to end an eight-game winless streak when they face Italy in the Six Nations on F(...)

Italy have unearthed a gem in fulllback Matteo Minozzi. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rome wasn’t built in a day has rarely seemed more apt in a rugby context, as Conor O’Shea strives to orchestrate an Irish-infused revolution in Italia(...)

Italy’s Sergio Parisse in action  during the Six Nations match against Ireland  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Avanti. Avanti. Avanti,” said Conor O’Shea. The Italian coach and former Irish fullback, alternating between English and Italian, can’t afford to gla(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw is treated on the pitch after injuring his shoulder during the Six Nations match against Italy at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The usual tale: one man goes down in agony, another barely recovers to fill the gap. With Robbie Henshaw all but ruled out of this Six Nations, Garry (...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton looks on  as French players form a huddle following their defeat in the Six Nations clash at  Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

While many Irish supporters were wearily making their way back from France to Ireland, I was doing the opposite. Dublin to Barcelona, then a drive bac(...)

Keith Earls: will be expecting to be part of a potent Ireland backline against Italy at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2.15pm. (On TV: Live on TV3 and ITV)   This is an altogether different conundrum. A less lubrica(...)

Ireland players during Friday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jordan Larmour can bridge the Test match generation gap and produce his “devastating” best on his Ireland debut on Saturday, according to Rory Best. (...)

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