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Published: 13:03 | 25/3/16

O'Shea confirms Italy appointment

Irishman to take reins in June

Conor O'Shea has confirmed that he will become Italy's head coach in June.

O'Shea, having announced in January that he was to quit his role as the director of rugby at Harlequins, had been widely linked with the Italy post.

The former Ireland international confirmed on Friday that he take the Italian reins, succeeding 62-year-old Frenchman Jacques Brunel.

"I feel the end of this season is the right time for me to take on a new challenge," said O'Shea.

"I am honoured, humbled and excited that I will be working with everyone in Italian Rugby to ensure they can achieve on the undoubted potential they have as a rugby nation."

During six years at Harlequins, O'Shea secured 2012 Premiership glory, along with success in the European Challenge Cup and the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

He won 35 Ireland caps between 1993 and 2000.

Italy finished at the bottom of the 2016 Six Nations table, losing all of their five matches.

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