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Ireland's future rests heavily on Nucifora's shoulders

Ruaidhri O'Connor



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David Nucifora, the IRFU performance director, is tasked with creating the conditions needed for the head coach to succeed. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

David Nucifora, the IRFU performance director, is tasked with creating the conditions needed for the head coach to succeed. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

David Nucifora, the IRFU performance director, is tasked with creating the conditions needed for the head coach to succeed. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

In 2014, the IRFU placed their trust in David Nucifora when they made him their all-powerful performance director. The next nine months will establish whether their faith was well-placed.

At that time, the union were looking for a figure capable of coming in and breaking down the barriers to success that existed within the game, a person strong enough to take on the vested interests for the good of the national team who could handle player contracts and the long-term strategy of the organisation.


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