So although I watched a little rugby when I was younger, it was wrestling that I was most interested in.
My real attachment to rugby began in 2001 when I joined the FIR. It was then, from the inside, that I was able to appreciate rugby's values and peoples, and see the similarities between them and the sporting environment that I was coming from.
Although I joined the FIR in 2001, I was there for Italy's first-ever game in the RBS 6 Nations, but as a paying spectator.
I'd say my first real rugby memory was in 1999, that World Cup semi-final between France and New Zealand. What a semi-final it was!
So the next year I was there at the Stadio Flaminio for such an historic day for Italian rugby.
I wasn't involved with the FIR at the time but there was a lot of enthusiasm around that debut in Rome. I paid for my ticket and it was worth the price as we beat Scotland!
Who could have guessed I was going to be part of that in few months after that. I joined the FIR in 2001 and my first job was to reorganise the warehouse.
I'm still the coordinator of the warehouse stock, and now I have two people working alongside me, Michele Tonnicchia and Antonio Cordoni.
I then started to work as the baggage master in 2006, taking over from Luigi Liussi, who is now the team manager of Australia Sevens.
My job has changed a lot over the last decade, the team needs grew significantly and so did the attention to detail. In my role I looked at what colleagues from other unions were doing and tried to adapt it to our needs in the early years in the Championship. Now we've developed our own way of organising things.
On a matchday I don't necessarily have many rituals, but I do like to get to the changing rooms before anyone else.
I'll usually get there in time to have half an hour alone in there. Then I'll start setting things up, hanging the jerseys and making sure everything is in place.
I like that feeling of being alone in the changing rooms before everything gets going!
Conor O'Shea will lead his side to matches against Fiji and Australia
30 March 2017, 2:36pm
After a disappointing RBS 6 Nations campaign for the Azzurri - losing all five of their Championship matches and picking up their 12th Wooden Spoon - they will be licking their wounds ahead of their summer tour Down Under.