In a statement, the Italian federation said on Saturday that Conor O'Shea, coach of the national XV, had decided to terminate his contract, which lasted until May 2020. " We have entered a new cycle generating new hopes, but I also believe the end of the World Cup(two weeks ago) is the best time to make changes in this new cycle Said the Irishman in the statement.
" I loved every minute spent in Italy and really believe in what we have done and what we can accomplish in the coming years. Added O 'Shea, who took command of the national team in May 2016. " We were saddened by Conor's decision not to conclude his contractlamented Alfredo Gavazzi, president of the federation. We thank him for the commitment and passion with which he has held his position in recent years. "
At the World Cup, Italy could not get out of the pool, which, it is true, counted on New Zealand and South Africa, future world champion. During the last tournament of the six nations, Italy finished last with five losses in so many games.