Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Building Work Stops O'Shea Taking Italian Job

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Building Work Stops O'Shea Taking Italian Job

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CONOR O'SHEA is going to Italy... but Quins fans can breathe easy as their director of rugby will be on club duty rather than taking over as the Azzuri's new coach, writes Chris Jones.

Representatives from the Italian rugby federation have for the second time asked the former Irish international full-back about replacing coach Jacques Brunel. While O'Shea is flattered, he is staying put in the belief he is about to embark on another exciting new chapter in the club's story, which continues against Calvisano in the European Challenge Cup in Italy tomorrow.

Ask O'Shea about his reasons for staying and the former head of the RFU's Academy system points to the chance to build on the strong foundations already in place at Quins.

"It's about getting that balance between the hardened players while bringing through the young fellows and that is the excitement we have," said O'Shea. "We want to kick on and while we would prefer to be in the European Cup, we are going out to win it. …

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