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Franco Smith To Take Over As Italy Head Coach After World Cup

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The Cheetahs have confirmed this afternoon that Franco Smith will take over as head coach of Italy after the 2019 World Cup.  Smith is currently the head coach of the Cheetahs and the club confirmed today that the 46-year-old will take up his new position on 1st January 2020. Smith will continue his current role throughout the upcoming Currie Cup …

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Conor O’Shea’s Future In Doubt As Italy Approach Cheetah’s Coach

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Conor O’Shea’s future as the Italian head coach has been thrown into jeopardy following reports that the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) made an approach to Franco Smith, head coach of the Toyota Cheetahs. O’Shea’s current contract is set to run until the end of next year’s Six Nations campaign, however, the Guinness PRO 14 outfit confirmed via Twitter that Smith …

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“We’re Not Stupid, We Know The Scale Of The Challenge” – Conor O’Shea

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Now entering his third Six Nations campaign with Italy, Conor O’Shea will hope he can finally record a win in ‘Rugby’s Greatest Championship’.  Their most recent outing in this tournament was probably their best opportunity to do that, a heartbreaking 27-29 loss to Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico in the last round of the 2018 edition. The Scots are Italy’s first …

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O’Shea: “It’s About The Future Of Italian Rugby, Not Me”

Conor O’Shea says the future of Italian rugby matters more than whether he remains the head coach of the Azzurri. O’Shea is entering the final year of a four-year deal and media reports have suggested the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) have been sounding out possible replacement candidates for the former Ireland fullback. But O’Shea, speaking at the official launch of …

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Conor O’Shea Names Former England U20 Sisi In Italy Six Nations Squad

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Former England Under-20 back-row David Sisi could earn his first cap for Italy after being called up in coach Conor O’Shea’s 31-man preliminary training squad for the Six Nations on Wednesday. Germany-born Sisi, 25, who moved from English club Bath to Italian Pro 14 side Zebre in 2017, made 14 appearances for England’s youth side between 2012 and 2013. O’Shea’s …

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Bellini Ruled Out As ‘Angry’ Italians Prepare For All Blacks

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Mattia Bellini has been ruled out injured as Italy prepare for their final Test of the November series against world champions New Zealand in Rome amid frustration at having two tries disallowed in their weekend loss to Australia. Zebre wing Bellini, 24, scored Italy’s only try in the 26-7 defeat to the Wallabies in Padua on Saturday before going off …

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Italy Set A Highly Unwelcome Six Nations Record Tonight

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France are up and running in this year’s Six Nations after a comprehensive win over Italy tonight in Marseille. Les Bleus lost two tight encounters to Ireland and Scotland, but they finally got a win on the board against the tournament’s basement boys. Jacques Brunel’s side seem to have improved, and ought not to be written off when England come …

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Italy Make Three Changes For Trip To France

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Italy’s start to the Six Nations has gone as most had expected, with heavy losses to England and Ireland. The Azzurri now head to Marseille on Friday to take on France, with both teams looking for their first win of the competition. Conor O’Shea has today named his side, with three changes from the team that lost in Dublin. Leonardo Ghiraldini …

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Six Nations Squad News – The Early Statistics That Suggest An Enthralling Championship Battle Awaits

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 14: The Six nations trophy is displayed during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Dan Mullan - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Two weeks out from another glorious instalment of the Six Nations, all but Italy have announced their squad for the first pair of fixtures and if nothing else, the respective squads make for very interesting reading. Coming off the back of a blistering November Test Series that saw England, Ireland and Scotland deliver strong and, at times, emphatic, performances, things are …

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England Opposed Law Change That Could Redefine The Ruck

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Dylan Hartley (C) the England captain talks to referee Romain Poite as Abraham Steyn (R) of Italy and James Haskell (L) of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Rugby is set for a seismic shift in its laws with the sport’s governing bodies trying their utmost to simplify the confusing aspects of the game. The law book could be cut by as much as 50% under the “Laws Simplification Project” commissioned by the World Rugby Council. They aim to have completed the process by late next year. The …

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Former Ireland Under-20 Star Named In Italy Squad For Summer Tests

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Ian McKinley of Benetton Treviso wearing his protective eyewear during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Gloucester Rugby and Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Another Irish element has been added to the Italy rugby squad for their summer tests. Former Ireland Under-20 and Leinster star Ian McKinley has been drafted into Italy’s by head coach Conor O’Shea for the Azzurri’s upcoming fixtures against Scotland, Fiji and Australia. #Italrugby, 44 Azzurri per 31 posti al tour estivo Il 9 maggio la lista dei convocati per …

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Warren Gatland Set To Add Former England Prop To Lions Coaching Staff [Report]

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland looks set to bolster the British and Irish Lions backroom team with the addition of former England prop Graham Rowntree. According to ESPN, Rowntree will work in tandem with Steve Borthwick “focusing on the forwards and set-piece”. The appointment is in line with Gatland’s desire for continuity within the coaching set-up, with Andy Farrell and Rob Howley retaining their roles …

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Andy Goode Column: England’s Lack Of Leaders Might Have Handed Ireland The Advantage In The Six Nations

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Let me begin this weekend’s column by praising Italy, Conor O’Shea and Brendan Venter. What they did in Twickenham wasn’t anything new, but it caught England by complete surprise and the Italian coaching team should be applauded rather than vilified. Instead of Eddie Jones and some elements within the media calling for the laws to be changed, they should really …

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