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Scrum role for Cuttitta

Former Italy prop Massimo Cuttitta is expected to be named this week as the new scrum coach for Irish rugby, working with age grade sides across the four provinces.

This is a separate role, advertised with unfortunate timing in the wake of Ireland's scrummage meltdown in Twickenham this season, to the one filled by Greg Feek, who works with the national senior side as well as his Leinster job.

Until now, Ireland has had no continuity of scrum coaching across its age grade sides, or academies. Cuttitta (45) will be expected to raise standards, though it is unclear what access he will have to schools.

Although born in Italy, where he lives, Cuttitta was raised in South Africa and has spent the last three years commuting to Scotland to work with their national side as well as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Cuttitta is contracted to Scotland until December, so either the IRFU will have to wait or else come to an arrangement with the SRU to get him over in time for the new season.

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