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Andy Farrell appointed Ireland defence coach

  • Former England assistant coach Andy Farrell will become Ireland defence coach
  • He will start his new position following the 2016 Six Nations
  • The former Rugby League star was defence coach for the victorious British & Irish Lions side in 2013
Former England assistant coach Andy Farrell, who was ousted by new chief Eddie Jones is to become Ireland’s new defence coach following the conclusion of this year’s Six Nations.

He joined the national set-up back in 2011 following a spell in charge of Aviva Premiership side Saracens and was also part of the coaching staff for the highly successful British and Irish Lions tour in 2013.



“To have this opportunity to work with a very talented management and playing group really excites me,” said Farrell.

“With a wealth of top-class experienced senior players and a fantastic crop of youngsters pushing hard, the future is very positive for Irish rugby, and I can’t wait to get started.”