Irish Boss Leads Italians Into Dublin

The Rugby Weekend Highlights

The Italian national team has arrived in Ireland for the two sides' clash this Saturday, and the players were treated to a nice barbecue in Limerick.

The great Irish hospitality could be expected, and perhaps even more so given that Italy's head coach, Conor O'Shea, is Irish. But now they're working hard not to get roasted.

The former Ireland fullback took over as coach of Italy in 2016, after stints with the London Irish and the Harlequins.

His time leading the Azzurri, however, has been an arduous one. Under O'Shea's guidance, Italy has compiled an abysmal record of 6-27, failing to defeat any one of their fellow Six Nations countries during that spell. 

If there's been a silver lining during O'Shea's run, though, it's his victory in November 2016 over South Africa. 

The Italians know that they can hang with the best teams in the world—just look at how well Benetton performed in the Guinness PRO14. They played Wales and Ireland close in this year's Six Nations, and had a golden opportunity to defeat France before gaffing it at the end. 

Guinness PRO14 Top Tries From Round 18


For Italy, it's about being more ruthless with their chances if they want to take that next step heading into the World Cup

They'll have four test matches to get it sorted before they fly out to Japan, and US-based subscribers can watch three of those LIVE and On Demand here on FloRugby

August 10
Ireland vs Italy

August 30
France vs Italy

September 6
England vs Italy


Italy Lineup To Face Ireland August 10 9AM ET:

15 Edoardo PADOVANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 20 caps)
14 Angelo ESPOSITO (Benetton Rugby, 20 caps)
13 Tommaso BENVENUTI (Benetton Rugby, 56 caps)
12 Marco ZANON (Benetton Rugby, 1 cap)
11 Giulio BISEGNI (Zebre Rugby Club, 11 caps)
10 Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby Club, 32 caps)
9 Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 31 caps)

8 Jimmy TUIVAITI (Zebre Rugby Club, 3 caps)
7 Maxime MBANDA’ (Zebre Rugby Club, 16 caps)
6 Giovanni LICATA (Zebre Rugby Club, 7 caps)
5 Dean BUDD (Benetton Rugby, 20 caps) – Captain
4 Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Rugby, 111 caps)
3 Marco RICCIONI (Benetton Rugby, esordiente)
2 Oliviero FABIANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 7 caps)
1 Nicola QUAGLIO (Benetton Rugby, 9 caps)

Reserves
16 Federico ZANI (Benetton Rugby 7 caps)
17 Andrea LOVOTTI (Zebre Rugby Club, 34 caps)
18 Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 22 caps)
19 Marco LAZZARONI (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)
20 Renato GIAMMARIOLI (Zebre Rugby Club, 3 caps)
21 Callum BRALEY (Gloucester, esordiente)
22 Ian MCKINLEY (Benetton Rugby, 8 caps)
23 Matteo MINOZZI (Wasps, 10 caps)


U-18 Eagles Lose A Heartbreaking Quarterfinal

The U-18 Eagles lost on the final play, 12-7, to the New Zealand Fijians in the Cup Quarterfinals of the World Schools 7s. 

Tough Start For Men's Eagles At Cape Town 7s

The Eagles dropped their opening match of the Cape Town 7s to Fiji, 28-14. 

5 Things To Get Excited About This Weekend

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Here are five big things going on across the World Rugby landscape this weekend:

Great Day 1 Has The Eagles In The World Schools 7s Quarters

The U-18 Eagles were mighty impressive on Thursday at the World Schools 7s, competing hard against the defending champion New Zealand Condors, and then putting wins over Rugby Academy Fiji and Australia Indigenous 7s. 

Texas, Pacific Northwest Dominate All Star Challenges

This past weekend, eight women's teams competed in the TRU All Star Challenge. Over 140 women participated in the tournament, as well as a player-development clinic put on by USA Eagles head coach Rob Cain. 

Watch: World School 7s on FloRugby

Tune in tomorrow and Friday to see some of the best young talent in the United States and Canada take on the the top nations in the world at the World School's 7s tournament in New Zealand. 

Men's Collegiate Championships Dream Team

This past weekend we saw a bunch of high quality rugby players compete at the USA Rugby Fall Collegiate Championships. 

Iowa Central Claim 1st Ever DI-AA Title

On Sunday morning in sunny Charlotte, NC, Iowa Central Community College completed a journey five years in the making by defeating Western Michigan in the DIAA national championship, 36-21.

Air Force Women Are Back-to-Back Champs

In what might have been the hardest-hitting game of the weekend, Air Force held off a determined Navy team to win their second straight national title. 

Redemption & National Title For Winona State

Winona State fought through two extremely tough games to become the 2019 DII National Champions.