Monday 14 October 2019

O'Shea calls for major Italy improvement

Italy 47 Nambia 22

Italy scored seven tries at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium but will need to raise their standards with games against South Africa and New Zealand to come. (stock photo)
Italy scored seven tries at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium but will need to raise their standards with games against South Africa and New Zealand to come. (stock photo)

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Italy coach Conor O'Shea was far from impressed with his side's performance in their Rugby World Cup opener against Namibia.

Italy scored seven tries at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium but will need to raise their standards with games against South Africa and New Zealand to come. Next up, they face Canada on Thursday.

O'Shea said: "We'll have to move on from that pretty quickly. There were too many errors in it and it was difficult conditions at times in the second half, which doesn't excuse it.

"We're disappointed with the way we played. We have a job to do in these first two games and you know that's not the true version of us, but we'll improve massively by the time we come to Thursday."

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