Conor O’Shea joins RFU as Director of Performance Rugby as Nigel Melville leaves similar role

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Former Italy and Harlequins head coach Conor O’Shea has joined the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as the Director of Performance Rugby.

O’Shea’s appointment follows the news that Nigel Melville will be leaving a similar role.

The 49-year-old left Italy after the World Cup after four years in charge of the Azzurri. 

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“I am privileged and honoured and it is an incredible opportunity to join at a really exciting time for English rugby,” O’Shea said.

“I’ve spent the last four years in Italy, six years at Harlequins and before that 10 years at London Irish, so I feel I know the system pretty well.

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