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Simon Easterby comes with good track record

IRELAND’S latest addition to their coaching staff, Simon Easterby, comes with an impressive track record. He has won 65 caps for his country and played in two tests with the British and Irish Lions.
Aged 38, Simon played with Harrogate RFC: 1995 – 1997; Leeds Carnegie: 1998 – 1999; Llanelli / Scarlets: 1999 – 2010; 196 appearances and comes here after appointments as Assistant Coach with the Scarlets (September 2010) and more recently
Head Coach with the Welsh club since July 2012.
Easterby had made no secret of his ambitions to use this appointment as a stepping stone to an appointment as Ireland’s head coach some time in the future.
The decision questions the of current quality of forwards coaches in both the domestic game and within the four provinces in this country at present. Recent seasons have seen a number of likely candidates drift away from the Irish international rugby scene, many of them with long careers within the pack at the highest level. Admittedly, some would not have been tempted by a return to the big time in a new role but a few names spring to mind who could have fitted the bill comfortably.
Simon Easterby’s international career saw him become the most capped back row forward for Ireland during his playing career. An Irish mother qualified him and his brother Guy (currently team manager at Leinster) for future career paths in Irish rugby.
Described by Easterby as an “emotional decision”, he said he was grateful to the Welsh Region for supporting him in the move and will stay on throughout the pre-season and start of Scarlets season before moving to Ireland, to ensure a smooth hand-over.
A dedicated Scarlet, Easterby first joined the West Wales Region in 1999 with a distinguished career for Llanelli and Scarlets which saw him captain his side for five consecutive seasons making 196 appearances and scoring 19 tries and playing more than 50 European games in the Scarlets jersey.
Chief Executive of the Scarlets Region Mark Davies said that Simon Easterby’s progression to an international coaching role was always on the cards.
“It is a compliment to Simon’s fast development and success within his coaching role at Parc y Scarlets over the past two years that he has been offered this opportunity. We were aware that both Joe Schmidt and the IRFU had identified Simon some time ago and as a result of his and the Scarlets progress over the last two seasons, this chance has come his way.”

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