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Former Ireland prop Mike Ross confirmed as new scrum coach for the Ireland women's side

Mike Ross. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Mike Ross. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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The Ireland women's side has been given a significant boost as they prepare for their upcoming Six Nations campaign with the news that Mike Ross will be joining the coaching ticket as scrum coach.

The former Leinster and Ireland tighthead forged a big reputation as a player for being a student of the scrum and his appointment will be viewed as a coup for the women's game.

The IRFU also confirmed that Jeff Carter would act as an assistant to head coach Adam Griggs.

Ross, who won 61 caps for Ireland at tight-head prop, retired from professional rugby last season and has since taken up a role as player-coach with Malahide in Division 2C of the Ulster Bank League, as well as working with Leinster in a mentoring capacity with age-grade players.

Speaking on confirmation of the coaches ahead of the Women's Six Nations, Director of Women's Rugby, Anthony Eddy said: "We are delighted to have Jeff and Mike join the coaching team with Adam for the up and coming Women's Six Nations.

"Jeff has 20 years of coaching experience at different levels behind him which is invaluable and he will certainly add to the program.

"Mike is a great addition to the coaching team. Having played at the top level of the game for province and country, his technical expertise of the scrum is second to none and he will be an excellent mentor for the players.”

Both coaches linked up with the squad at last weekend's training camp and will work with the team throughout the Women's Six Nations campaign.

Ireland will open their Women's Six Nations campaign away to France on February 3 in Toulouse.  They will then play Italy, Wales and Scotland at home in Donnybrook before meeting England in their final game at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

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