Sunday 24 September 2017

My Job in Munster: Ultan O'Callaghan, Domestic Rugby Manager

Ulton O'Callaghan
Ulton O'Callaghan

Ultan worked in sales before joining Munster Rugby and previously played for the province.

When did you join Munster?

I joined as a Development Officer in 2000, moving to the role of Coach Development Manager then before assuming my current role in 2008. What do you do? I am responsible for ensuring that the pathways and structures of our clubs, schools and colleges are in place. Enabling people to learn the basic skills of the game, participate, develop competencies and performances, and strive for levels of excellence.

We assist volunteers in improving the game and quality of rugby, and ensure that the sport is accessible to everyone. Working closely with an excellent team of staff, we implement all IRFU programmes in developing the sport across the province.

What is the best part of your job?

I am lucky to get the opportunity to work with players and volunteers who wish to develop themselves through rugby at all levels.

I see the values and spirit of our game lived through the behaviours of our players, coaches, teachers, referees, moms and dads everyday.

We are very lucky to have such a large and dedicated number of volunteers across our 70 clubs in the province giving their time freely in shaping the players of tomorrow.

Most memorable match?

There are many matches that live in my memory but from the most recent campaigns, one that encompasses all the characteristics of Munster Rugby was the must-win Heineken Cup clash with Northampton in the 2011/12 season when after 40 phases Ronan O'Gara kicked a drop-goal to win the game.

That resilience to never give up is something I truly admire.

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