Lions legend Paul O’Connell has been added to the Ireland coaching group as forwards coach, with Simon Easterby to focus on defence.
O’Connell was capped 108 times by Ireland and skippered the team to Six Nations success in 2014.
His distinguished playing career also included seven Test match appearances for the British & Ireland Lions across three tours and two European Cup titles with Munster.
Since retiring from playing in 2015, Paul has held coaching positions with the Munster Academy, Ireland Under-20s and Top 14 side Stade Francais.
Since retiring from playing in 2015, O’Connell has held coaching positions with the Munster Academy, Ireland U20s and Top 14 side Stade Francais.
“I am really looking forward to working with Andy and the rest of the coaching group,” he said.
“I worked with Simon as a player and am looking forward to working with him again. It’s an exciting young group of players to be involved with and there are talented forwards coming through across the four provinces that will no doubt be pushing for international selection in the coming months and years.”