O’Shea is relishing Azzuri role

Date published: April 23 2016

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Outgoing Harlequins director of rugby, Conor O'Shea believes it will be arrogant of him to pinpoint what needs to be changed in the Italy side. 

O'Shea is set to take over from Jacques Brunel, who has been in charge of Azzuri since 2011, at the end of this season.

Italy finished at the bottom of this year's Six Nations' table after a winless season. 

They have been the handed the Wooden Spoon on four occasions – of which two of these seasons have been without a single win – for the last six seasons, a stat that is indicative of matters not being in a healthy state at the Stadio Olimpico.  

The former Exiles full-back is however looking at the new challenge and is hoping to improve Italy's performance. 

"I can't wait to get started and for that challenge, both personally and professionally," O'Shea told BT Sport.

"I saw some great teams in the 1990s and I know the ambitions that they have and the changes that they want to make. 

"But I won't be arrogant or egotistical enough to start talking about the things they need to change without having worked there.

"I will finish this season and do the handover [at Harlequins] and then I will get ready for the challenge, the tour [of the Americas] and the next four years. It will be an exciting time for me."

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