Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dean to take over as Ireland team manager

Paul Dean in action against Scotland in 1988 Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Paul Dean in action against Scotland in 1988 Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Former international out-half Paul Dean will take over from Mick Kearney as Ireland team manager after the November internationals.

The IRFU yesterday announced that Kearney's almost six-year stint with the national team will end after the clash with Australia, allowing Dean to take over.

Dean won 32 caps between 1981 and 1989, winning two Triple Crowns, and will come on board soon and take over fully for the Six Nations.

"Paul comes into the role with a great rugby pedigree and an understanding of how challenging international rugby can be," Joe Schmidt said after paying tribute to Kearney's contribution.

"We will look to integrate him into the management group over the coming months and look forward to working closely with him. Mick's experience, reasoning and people skills have added tremendous value to the national (team) players and management over the past five years."

Schmidt's own future is set to be resolved in the next 10 days with speculation mounting about his future intentions.

The head coach is still mulling over whether to return home to New Zealand or take up the IRFU's offer to remain in charge of Ireland until the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Meanwhile, World Rugby has confirmed that Ireland will vie with South Africa, Italy and France for the right to host the 2023 World Cup.

All four have submitted bids which are being assessed by the governing body.

The winning hosts nation will be announced in November 2017.

Irish Independent

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