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Ireland retain their ‘world class’ coaching team for World Cup

IT is hardly surprising that Ireland have retained forwards coach Simon Easterby, defence coach Andy Farrell, scrum coach Greg Feek and skills coach Richie Murphy. After a highly successful Six Nations, and positive results in the November internationals, all four have signed IRFU contract extensions that will see them continue with the national team through the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Simon Easterby joined the Ireland coaching ticket in 2015 having previously held the position of head coach at Llanelli Scarlets. Easterby has extended his IRFU contract to June 2020.
Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has extended his contract through to June 2020 while Richie Murphy who joined the national coaching group in 2014 from Leinster has also extended his role as national skills and kicking coach to June 2020.
Greg Feek joined the national coaching group on a full-time basis in 2014 having previously worked with Leinster and with the national team on a consultancy basis. Due to a change in personal circumstances Feek will take up a position with Japanese club side Ricoh in the coming weeks but will continue in his role with the Ireland national team through to the completion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented, “We have a world class coaching group that has driven and sustained high levels of performance on the international stage. They also support the work of the provinces with their technical expertise and play an important role in the development of young players on the pathway to international honours.”

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