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Conor OShea began his tenure as Italy coach in America but the November series signals the start of it on Italian soil.OShea -- brought into the Italian setup by FIR President Alfredo Gavazzi after the last, disastrous Six Nations campaign -- is ready to showcase the first signs of his Italy plan in front of the Azzurri supporters.From a tactical point of view, the recent addition of Brendan Venter as defence consultant is a key one. Since joining, OShea has stressed the need for an improved fitness level for all his elite players, but Venters knowledge of defensive systems should turn out to be one of the best, if not the best, piece of business by the Irishman since his recent appointment.The Azzurri will move to a different style of rugby compared to the previous regime, as ball retention and making territory will be central to their new approach. So expect a team that will move the ball less out wide and will instead try to control the game.This weekend, OShea welcomes back two of the most inspiring players in Italian rugby history as captain Sergio Parisse and his veteran teammate Leonardo Ghiraldini will be ready to make their much awaited return to the international stage after they missed the summer tour.The duo will add 200 caps worth of international experience to the squad but Alessandro Zannis injury prevents OShea adding a further 99.Parisse will become Italys most-capped player in November but there may be a lot more to celebrate this month.Having the All Blacks in town for the first time in four years, should signal the start of a party for Italian sport. Rugby-wise, though, a true gauge of Italys improvement will be the Tonga and South Africa games.The Azzurri sit in a disheartening 13th place in the World Rugby rankings, with Samoa less than one point behind, so a convincing win against Tonga -- on Saturday Nov. 26 in Padua -- is vital.But right in the middle of the November Test programme comes the South Africa clash and that game could change everything.Italy do not have history on their side, having lost all 12 meetings, conceding almost 600 points, scoring a mere 145. The closest results so far are a couple of 16-point margin defeats -- 6-22 in 2014 in Padua and 29-13 in 2010 in Witbank.The figures suggested there is little to be inspired by, but that is the game I believe Italy will turn into a pretty close contest.The Springboks are in the middle of a global change in players and playing style and could be there for the taking, especially in the key decision-making errors.Italy have options and variety at half-back. Edoardo Gori (53 caps) will be challenged by the growth of the finally in-form Marcello Violi (two caps) and the presence of former Under-20 scrum-half Giorgio Bronzini, one of the three uncapped players selected for the three Tests -- the others being prop Simone Ferrari and winger Andrea Buondonno -- in what appears to be one of the spots set for a major boost from the new selection policy.At 10, while Tommaso Allan has regained confidence since joining Benetton Treviso from Perpignan, Italy look inspired with Carlo Canna and that duo offers OShea a couple of great options. Having two in-form fly-halves is something the former Azzurri coaches have never had available.Cannas reliability from the kicking tee is another huge plus for OShea. Though he lacks Test experience, his composure under pressure and ability to stay gives the team a confidence to keep a hold on the opposition in essential periods of the match.If recent Super Rugby form is anything to go by, South Africas pack has struggled under pressure and that should give the Italian kickers the opportunity to get points on the board while also slowing the game down and conserving precious energy for the final quarter -- that last point is where the Azzurri have traditionally been terrible. Having Venter there may very well complicate the job further for the Springbok attackers, especially in midfield.If you add to that the fact that Italian players are now much more used to international-level collisions and an improved competence in the breakdown area -- even more so since Italian clubs started participating in the Guinness PRO12 and the European competitions -- then you get a pretty encouraging picture of what may happen in Florence against the Boks.However, OShea will be without Michele Campagnaro and Leonardo Sarto in Italys backline as both recover from injuries focused on making an impact in the Six Nations. Campagnaros ability to put pressure on the oppositions defensive line will be felt -- especially if Allister Coetzee opts for physicality -- while Sartos form for Glasgow Warriors was encouraging on the wing.The huge problem, as usual, will be trying to avoid momentary lapses in concentration which have cost Italy games in the past.Despite background political turbulence in the boardrooms and the poor form in the PRO12, Italian rugby has never been in such good shape. The National Academy system and the work of Eccellenza coaches -- who have brought new training protocols and playing standards into the Country Elite Championship -- are producing a new generation of promising players.That work has intensified the competition for senior and emerging squads with an increasing number of options across the board.So, at the end of it all, would all the above be enough to beat the mighty Springboks? 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The team said Saturday that Lopez was hurt during its 121-120 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday. The Nets said they would issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors.Newcastle United remain in advanced talks with Rafa Benitez over plans to extend his stay as manager, Sky sources understand. Benitez has held two meetings with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to iron out the finer details of his proposed contract at the club.The first was in the managers office at St James Park immediately after the 5-1 win over Tottenham on the final day of the Premier League season and the second was at the Shirebrook head office of Ashleys Sports Direct business. There is understood to be a willingness by both parties to see Benitez remain as manager but the Spaniard wants assurances in writing that he will have full control over transfers and that there will be money to spend in the next two transfer windows.ddddddddddddIt is believed Benitez will also want to overhaul the scouting system at Newcastle, which could throw into doubt the future of Newcastles long-standing chief scout, Graham Carr.On Saturday, Benitez said he wanted two weeks to weigh up his decision and although there is now an urgency to get the deal done, it may be next week before the contract is signed. Also See: Rafa would bring harmony Townsend wants Rafa stay Carragher on Benitez Rafa: My heart says stay ' ' '

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