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My Job in Connacht: Eric Elwood, Domestic Rugby Manager

Published 10/04/2015 | 02:30

Eric Elwood, Domestic Rugby Manager
Eric Elwood, Domestic Rugby Manager

Eric Elwood is a former player and coach of Connacht. He made 168 appearances for the province and was head coach from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that he was assistant coach to Michael Bradley following his retirement as a player in 2005.

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He coached the Irish U-20s to a Six Nations title and won 35 Irish caps in a playing career which included stints at Galwegians and Lansdowne.

When did you join Connacht?

I rejoined Connacht Rugby as Domestic Games Manager/ Club and Community Manager in January 2015 .

What do you do?

I oversee a team of 10 people who look after the day-to-day running of the club and community game in the province.

What's a typical day for you?

It is very difficult to say what a typical day is because every day is so different. I am in the office most mornings sending and replying to emails, meetings in the office with staff and other line managers or travelling to Dublin for meetings with the IRFU.

Sometimes I am on the field coaching, observing sessions or watching schools and club games.

What is the best part of your job?

I am still new to this role but definitely the best part of my job is getting out coaching and sharing knowledge with the next generation of Connacht players and coaches.

I find this very rewarding and believe it's important to give something back to the game that gave me so much.

Most memorable match?

There are two for me from a Connacht point of view , both in the Heineken Cup; first one was our win at home versus Harlequins in our first year in the Heineken Cup when I was the head coach and the second was that magnificent victory away to Toulouse in December 2013 .

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