O'Shea turns down Ireland

26th Feb 2013, 15:33

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Staying: Conor O'Shea

Staying: Conor O'Shea

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has ruled out taking over as Ireland coach should Declan Kidney leave the role.

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has ruled out taking over as Ireland coach should Declan Kidney leave the role.

Kidney lead Ireland to a Grand Slam in 2009, but his contract is up at the end of this year's Six Nations, with speculation that he may leave the role after defeats to England and Scotland.

O'Shea lead Harlequins to the Premiership title last season and Harlequins are currently top the Premiership table and in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup.

"I'm contracted to Harlequins until the end of the 2013-14 season. I will be honouring that commitment and hopefully continuing beyond it," said O'Shea to breakingnews.ie