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 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 (...)

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(...)

George North scores Wales’ fourth try against Italy in Cardiff. Photograph:David Davies/PA

Wales 38-14 Italy Wales moved to second in the table with an ultimately comfortable victory over Italy, who suffered their 16th successive Six Nation(...)

 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’s Ian McKinley is not in Conor O’Shea’s squad. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has admitted he had to stop himself from picking Ian McKinley to face Ireland purely to create a “romantic story”. Dublin-bo(...)

Scottish-born George Biagi starts for Italy against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Scottish-born lock George Biagi has been named in the Italy side as one of four changes to Conor O’Shea’s starting line-up for the Azzurri’s final 201(...)

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea: “There are some players with huge potential there and we just have to make sure that we have that pathway.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Way back when, long before he ever broke into the Leinster team, much less the Irish one, Conor O’Shea went by the moniker Caesar. That seems rather a(...)

 Andries Van Schalkwyk returns to the Italy secondrow for the Six Nations game against  Ireland in Rome. Photograph:  Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Conor O’Shea expects mutterings of mirth but still remains convinced Italy will boast a “very good team” inside three years. The former Ireland fullb(...)

 Scrumhalf Edoardo Gori returns to the Italy side for Sunday’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Rome. Photograph:    David Rogers/Getty Images

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has included 10 of the starting line-up that accounted for South Africa in November for Sunday’s Six Nations opener against W(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty is  tackled by Edoardo Padovani of Zebre during the  Guinness Pro 12 game at  Lanfranchi Stadium in Parma. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

An unexpected lightning and thunderstorm in Parma caused Connacht’s Guinness Pro 12 fixture with Zebre to be abandoned at half-time. Connacht might w(...)

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