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Saturday 18 November 2017

Home and away: The Irish coaches making their mark...And others still on the sidelines

Leo Cullen
Leo Cullen
Mark McCall
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Domestic up-and-comers


Leo Cullen

Still playing, but at the end of the season Leinster's captain will become their forwards coach and is a future provincial boss in the making.

Richie Murphy

The long-serving skills and kicking coach at Leinster spent November in the Ireland set-up and was also involved with Emerging Ireland last summer.

Girvan Dempsey

Former Ireland full-back is the head of Leinster's academy and coached the 'A' side to the British & Irish Cup last season.


Anthony Foley

The Munster forwards coach will take the Ireland Wolfhounds at the end of next month, having been involved under Declan Kidney and on the summer tour.

Ian Costello

Munster's highly rated skills coach is a graduate of the All-Ireland League, where he won Division 1B in 2012 with UL Bohemian and also managed Munster 'A' to the British & Irish Cup.


Dan McFarland

He may be English, but Connacht's forwards coach has been in Galway long enough to be considered a home-grown coach. The former prop is a big influence out west.


Neil Doak

Ulster's backs coach will assist Foley with the Wolfhounds, having toured North America under Les Kiss last summer.

Jonathan Bell

Ulster's defence coach has risen from the Academy and the AIL and his work with the province's rearguard has been impressive.


Bernard Jackman (Grenoble)

Brought to Grenoble as defence coach, the former Ireland hooker has impressed so much that they've given him the top job for next season.

Mike Prendergast (Grenoble)

Former Young Munster supremo joined Jackman in the Top 14 as skills coach and is being promoted to backs coach next year.

Simon Easterby (Scarlets)

Ex-Ireland flanker is dealing with straitened times as head coach of the Scarlets, but is making a decent fist of it -- despite the exodus from the Welsh region.

Jeremy Davidson (Aurillac)

The Lions second-row has a clutch of Irish players under his stewardship at French second-tier side Aurillac, who are punching above their weight in Pro D2.

Conor O'Shea (Harlequins)

The Harlequins director of rugby is highly regarded and well-established at the London club he guided to the English Premiership in 2012.

Ronan O'Gara (Racing Metro)

Setting out on his journey along with Johnny Sexton at Racing Metro, he has been handed plenty of responsibility at the struggling Parisian club, where he is kicking coach.

Mark McCall (Saracens)

Saracens may not be the most likeable club, but former Ulster coach McCall is doing a fine job on the field in building a team who are able to compete at the top end of Europe.

Geordan Murphy (Leicester)

Now the assistant backs coach at Leicester Tigers, the former full-back is learning on the job under former Ireland fly-half Paul Burke.


Declan Kidney

The former Ireland coach is working at UCC, but there remain some whispers that Munster could find a role for their former Heineken Cup-winning supremo in the not-too-distant future.

Michael Bradley

Former Connacht boss guided Edinburgh to the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2012, but couldn't back it up and has been out of a coaching job since the end of last season.

Eddie O'Sullivan

Another ex-Ireland head coach, whose last coaching job was with the US Eagles at the World Cup in 2011.

Eric Elwood

Stepped away from Connacht at the end of last season after a long association with his home province, also coached Ireland 'A'.

Irish Independent

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