Friday 22 September 2017

We can't feel sorry for ourselves - O'Shea

Italian coach Conor O'shea has made four changes ahead of their Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Sunday. Photo: Marco Iacobucci/Getty Images
Italian coach Conor O'shea has made four changes ahead of their Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Sunday. Photo: Marco Iacobucci/Getty Images
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Italy have drafted fly-half Tommaso Allan into their starting line-up as one of four changes for their Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Sunday, as they look to end a 22-game losing streak against England.

Hopes for this season had been high after Italy's historic win over South Africa's Springboks in November, but coach Conor O'Shea  has so far failed to recreate that magic formula, with heavy Six Nations home defeats to Wales and Ireland.

Italy will meet an England team unbeaten in 15 matches and O'Shea said they have worked on areas "we felt gave momentum to Ireland" since their defeat. He added that Italy's players had "a big responsibility" for the England game.

O'Shea named wing Giulio Bisegni in the starting line-up in place of Angelo Esposito, and Michele Campagnaro coming in at centre for Tommaso Benvenuti.

There is also one change in the pack, as South African-born Braam Steyn replaces Maxime Mbanda in the number six jersey, with the latter dropping to the bench.

"We have had to change, but the changes are for the future," O'Shea told reporters yesterday.

"One of the big things is to stop feeling sorry for ourselves in games.

"To stop feeling sorry for ourselves about where we are and focus on performance."

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