Monday 19 February 2018

Connacht to unveil Elwood

ERIC ELWOOD is expected to be unveiled as Connacht's new coach at a press conference in Galway today.

The 41-year-old, who has been assistant to Michael Bradley for the past four-and-a-half seasons, will take over from his former Ireland half-back partner at the end of the campaign.

Elwood will become the first Connacht native to take charge of the province since the game went professional.

The former out-half made his debut for Connacht in October 1989 against Ulster and became the first player to make 100 appearances for the province when he lined out against Narbonne in 2002.

He retired at the end of the 2005 campaign after playing 168 games for Connacht in a career that spanned 17 seasons, and was appointed assistant coach. He also won 35 caps for Ireland.

Elwood coached the Ireland U-20 side to a Six Nations triumph three seasons ago, along with forwards coach Dan McFarland, who is expected to be part of the new management team for next season.

Irish Independent

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