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Conor O'Shea Compares Ireland Very Favourably To Wales

Conor O'Shea Compares Ireland Very Favourably To Wales
By Gavin Cooney Updated
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Ireland arrived in Rome with a few questions hanging over them after the meek performance in Murrayfield, but by the end, there was one dominant question reverberating about an empty Stadio Olimpico: how much longer does the Six Nations persist with Italy? They were largely pathetic in a limp defeat to Ireland today: crashing to a 63-10 defeat, conceding nine tries in the process.

After a relatively decent showing against Wales last week in which they denied their opponents a four-try bonus point - leading for a while before succumbing to a 33-7 defeat - things were somewhat optimistic for Conor O'Shea heading into the clash with his native Ireland.

He was quickly disabused of that positivity, however, on an afternoon which shows him the scale of the job that lies ahead.

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In his post-match press conference, O'Shea reflected on what had cost his side so dearly.

In doing so, he compared Ireland very favourably with the Welsh.

Here's hoping that O'Shea can reflect on this game as the nadir which spurred the Italians onto better things under his stewardship, but at the moment he is sipping Italian red wine out of a poison chalice.

How he could do with another Sergio Parisse, who issued this rallying call to his team mates post-game:

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See Also: The Irish Player Ratings From The Almighty Hammering Of Italy

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