Italy head coach Conor O’Shea defended his team’s tactics following a 36-15 defeat to England at Twickenham.
Eddie Jones hit out at the visitors’ game-plan in the aftermath of the Six Nations clash but O’Shea was unhappy with the criticism of his side.
Following defeats to Wales and Ireland, Italy are still without a win in the tournament but O’Shea was proud of his side’s performance against the reigning champions.
‘Stop having a dig at Italy,’ the Irishman responded after the Round Three encounter when pressed about Italy’s strategy after the game.
‘We have a massive job to do but we will do it and we have to think differently like we did today.
‘We didn’t come here to make up numbers but you’re playing against a brilliant team who are on-form and they worked their way through it.
‘We thought we might come away with a bonus point but we’re here not to be plucky losers.
‘We’re learning at the highest level and hopefully we’ve earned a little bit of respect here today.’