O'Shea hopes to slay Goliath

03 February 2018 21:08:41 GMTPlus11

Italy head coach Conor O'Shea hopes his side can shock teams at this year's Six Nations, starting with England in Rome on Sunday.

The Azzurri surprised Eddie Jones' side last year with their ruck-less tactics although they eventually slumped to a 36-15 defeat at Twickenham despite leading 10-5 at the interval.

Former Harlequins coach O'Shea said: "We know the battle we will be taking on. If we get the energy at the right times and we ride our luck… that's what David has to do against Goliath.

"We're the ones who will probably put a banana skin under someone's hopes.

"People came to Twickenham last year thinking England would score 100 points. For our team to come out and have the inner strength and belief to put in a performance like that, when everyone was just saying 'you're rubbish', that's what I thought should have been focused on."

England are available at 2.10 to beat Italy with a 22-point handicap, 4.33 to win the Six Nations and 1213.00 to complete a Grand Slam.

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