O’Shea turns down Italy job

Date published: December 7 2015

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has rubbished suggestions that he will become Italy head coach, saying he is happy at the Twickenham Stoop.

The 45-year-old, who is out of contract at the Premiership side at the end of 2015/16, had been heavily linked with the Azzurri position.

But O'Shea has spoken of his love for Harlequins and that he hopes to remain with the club, with Italy now looking elsewhere for a coach.

"Italy have been on and talked to me, but that's natural. That happens in every walk of life," said the former Ireland international full-back.

"It's flattering, but no, I'm not going anywhere. My job is here and I want to make sure we continue it."

O'Shea, who joined Quins in 2010, added: "It's really nice to be mentioned like that – a massive honour. It's very flattering but my job is here, full stop."