The Official Online RBS 6 Nations Store is open. The store has everything you need to get behind your team during the RBS 6 Nations, plus the store is now fully stocked with a much wider range of rugby merchandise.
Since Dean Richards resigned from his post at the Twickenham Stoop in August following revelations about his role in the European Cup fake blood scandal – Quins have been without a director of rugby.
Quins also considered former Wasps and British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan, former Scotland coach Frank Hadden, South Africa assistant coach Gary Gold and current assistant coach Tony Diprose.
O'Shea retired as a player in 2000 and then joined the coaching staff at London Irish, before taking up a role with the RFU as director of regional academies ahead of joining the EIS in 2008.
"After a thorough search the Board are delighted to have secured Conor's services" said Harlequins CEO Mark Evans.
"He combines international playing experience, with a proven managerial track record in rugby and elsewhere. We are very confident he has the skill set we were looking for and will dovetail extremely well with our current playing management staff.”
Conor O'Shea said "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the EIS and it is a shame that I will be moving on at such an exciting and challenging time for the organisation and for sport in this country.
“But plain and simply, my passion lie with rugby and my desire to influence at the sharp end of the game has never diminished.
“So when approached by Harlequins, a club with an exciting squad, a committed and talented group of coaches and support staff and a stable business model to underpin long term success, I knew it was a challenge I had to take on.”