The Italian Rugby Federation have accepted the resignation of head coach Conor O’Shea.
The former Harlequins boss had a contract until May next year but has left the role he took up in 2016.
It is being reported that the Irishman is expected to take up a role with the English RFU and sources in Italy believe this is the reason for his departure.
He said: “I loved every minute I spent in Italy and I really believe in what we have done.
“We have started a process and generated a new, well-founded hope but I also believe that the end of the Rugby World Cup represents the best time for everyone to make changes.”