Leinster rugby legend Bernard Jackman has been appointed Director of Rugby at Presentation College Bray.
The 46-year-old Tullow-native won two Heineken Cups during an illustrious playing career – once with Leinster and once with Sale Sharks – while he also won nine caps for Ireland, having previously represented his country at U-19, U-21, and colleges level, as well as captaining the Ireland A side.
He featured in every one of Ireland’s Six Nations Championship games in 2008 as Eddie O’Sullivan’s men finished fourth with two wins from five games.
Since retiring in 2010, he has gone on to coach the likes of Tullow, Newbridge, and Coolmine, while he previously worked as skills and forwards coach, and then head coach, with FC Grenoble, as well as head coach with the Dragons and Bective Rangers.
Confirming the appointment of the former Leinster and Connacht hooker, Pres Bray said in a statement:
“We are delighted to announce that former Ireland international Bernard Jackman has been named as Director of Rugby in Presentation College Bray.
“Mr. Jackman, who is a past pupil of Newbridge College, also represented Connacht and Sale Sharks as a player during a career which saw him collect a Celtic League and Heineken Cup medal with Leinster.
“Previously, he was head coach with Grenoble in France and Dragons in Wales while he is also currently a columnist with the Sunday Independent and a pundit with RTE’s rugby coverage.”