Munster never on O’Shea’s radar

Date published: April 14 2016

New Italy boss Conor O'Shea has denied that the possibility of joining Munster was ever on the cards after leaving Harlequins.

The former Ireland full-back will swap The Stoop for Rome at the end of the season after a successful stint with the Premiership side.

Returning to Ireland however with Munster wasn't as option, despite the province currently searching for a director of rugby.

“No. Never. I’ve never spoke to them about it," O’Shea told the Irish Examiner.

"I go back with Garrett (Fitzgerald, Munster chief executive) to the Irish Students tour to Italy in 1990 or 1991. I go back a long way with him and Anthony (Foley) as well." 

O'Shea won 35 caps for Ireland but finished off his playing career in England with London Irish before coaching the Exiles and then working within the RFU's academy structures prior to joining Harlequins in 2010.

Harlequins have won the Premiership, Challenge Cup and LV=Cup with O'Shea at the helm during his six years in charge.