Saturday 10 December 2016

David Wallace: IRFU should send Andy Farrell to Munster to bolster defence

Ex-Lions flanker believes former England coach should bring expertise to Munster

Published 12/01/2016 | 02:30

Andy Farrell
Andy Farrell

David Wallace wants the IRFU to consider allowing Ireland's newly-appointed defence coach Andy Farrell to assist Munster when he is available to do so.

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The ex-Ireland and Lions flanker believes his former team's problems on the pitch are stemming from repeated lacklustre defensive displays and he wants to see a tried-and tested coach brought in to help.

Wallace pointed to the example set by Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek who in the past worked with Leinster and the national side at the same time.

"For me, defence is where the biggest changes need to come," Wallace said.

"As a team all season we've been leaking tries, dominating possession for large parts of the game and teams get the ball and score too easily. It's been happening all season. I know Andy Farrell is coming to Ireland.

"It would be great to secure him, to bring him down to Munster when he's not involved with Ireland and have his influence in Munster.

"I don't know what the situation is there, but I know Irish coaches - not the head coach - have gone to provinces, the likes of Greg Feek and that. I'd be hoping something like that could happen because defensively, if you're leaking tries too easily then you're not going anywhere."

Meanwhile, Leinster's defence coach Kurt McQuilkin who was linked with the Irish role has backed Farrell to be a success with Ireland.

"He's going to be a very dominant figure within the management team and I wish him all the best and I'm sure the Irish team will flourish underneath him," he said. "My commitment's to Leo Cullen and Leinster. I've signed a two-year contract and I intend to see that out, I wouldn't think of doing anything part-time, you either do it full on or not at all, and I'm very happy where I am at the moment."

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