Conor O'Shea has been confirmed as Italy's new head coach 6 years ago

Conor O'Shea has been confirmed as Italy's new head coach

The worst kept secret in rugby is out.

Conor O'Shea, the former Ireland international, and director of rugby at Harlequins, is about to take over his first ever international side.

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The TV pundit has been confirmed as Italy's new head coach in the last few minutes.

He takes over the role from Jacques Brunel and becomes the first Irishman ever to lead the Azzuri.

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O'Shea has been hugely successful with the English premiership side and has long been linked with taking on the weakest side in the Six Nations.

Today's news brings an end to speculation he was to take a key role at Munster this summer.