Former Ireland boss named head coach of Zebre

Former Ireland chief Michael Bradley has been revealed head coach of Italian side Zebre ahead of the new Guinness PRO12 season.

The Italian side is now under the control of the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR), who confirmed on Monday that Bradley would take charge of the Parma-based outfit.


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A statement from the FIR read: “With the appointment of the new chief executive officer (Dr Andrea Dalledonne), the composition of the franchise’s technical staff was also defined, the guidance of which was entrusted to Michael Bradley, (who) until last season (was) assistant coach of the Georgian national team, currently ranked 12th in World Rugby.


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“His name was indicated by Conor O’Shea (national team head coach) with a view of full technical alignment between Italy and the two PRO12 franchises.”

The 54-year-old will have former Italy players Carlo Orlandi and Alessandro Troncon alongside him on his coaching staff.

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