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O’Sullivan to fly like an eagle

EDDIE O’Sullivan has stepped down as head coach of the United States and may be on |his way to the Cardiff Blues or French giants Biarritz.

Justin Burnell and Gareth Baber have been acting as interim coaches since Dai Young’s departure from |Cardiff and it is believed that the Blues are looking for a |more experienced coach to take the reins.

A position may also become available in the south of France with Biarritz director of rugby and former international wing Patrice Lagisquet is wanted by new French coach Phillipe Saint-Andre for the French backroom team.

Biarritz are currently propping up the French Top 14 championship with one win in nine.

The former Ireland national coach, who led them to three Triple Crown successes, had been in charge of the Americans for the past |two-and-a-half years and oversaw their participation at this year’s World Cup in New Zealand.

O’Sullivan (52), decided not to reapply for the job after his contract expired, saying he wanted to return home to Europe and resume his coaching career.

“On behalf of USA Rugby, I’d like to thank Eddie for his time here and I think the Eagles’ performance at the Rugby World Cup speaks volumes about him and the way he prepared the team,” USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville said in a statement.