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Friday 18 April 2014

Kiss declares his interest in Connacht job

Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss has said it would be a "logical fit" for Anthony Foley to assume a more long-term role with the international side. The Australian has also declared an interest in taking the Connacht coaching post.

Foley is believed to be in line for a full-time role as defence coach should the IRFU decide to retain current head coach Declan Kidney beyond the term of his present contract, which expires next May. "We've spoken about this over the last three of four months as a coaching group, particularly with Declan," said Kiss.

"Anthony was brought in over the Six Nations to work with the forwards. I've worked with Anthony a number of times over the last few years in a defensive capacity when he was with Munster.

"He was the ideal man to come in and work with us. I work also on defence with him. I do the starter and set-piece defence and he does the team defence and a lot of breakdown work, so he's been a great addition to the team, that's for sure.

"Where it goes in the future I think is a little bit of speculation at this stage. It seems like a logical fit, but I think there's a lot of things on Anthony's plate. If he was to become part of it, though, I don't think anyone would be disappointed."

As Connacht yesterday confirmed that they had received 40 applications to succeed Eric Elwood as head coach, Grand Slam winning assistant coach Kiss has thrown his hat into the ring.

"Connacht would interest me, without a doubt, but I haven't put my name forward," he told Dublin's 98FM. "That's based on the fact that, at this stage, my whole focus is about this November series and then I'll reassess from there.

"It'll probably be something that I'd always consider if something like Connacht came up again or even any of the other provinces in Ireland, but, at this stage, my whole focus is November They're conversations for later and deeper thoughts for me to have then."

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