Italy must not define O’Shea’s rugby career

Italy head coach Conor O'Shea and captain Sergio Paresse with the Six Nations trophy during the 2019 Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship Launch at the Hurlingham Club in London, England. Photo by Ian Walton/Sportsfile.

Ernest Hemingway’s take on sports was pretty simplistic. And brutal.

“There are only three sports,” he is reputed to have said, “bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering. All the rest are merely games.”

Such anoutlook was perfectly in keeping with a man whose life was a necklace of one adventure after another.

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