Irish rugby handed big boost as David Nucifora signs new three-year deal to stay on as Performance Director
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora has signed a new three-year deal to stay on until the end of the 2021/22 season.
The Australian, who has been in the role since April 2014, has played a huge role in the strategic planning of Irish rugby, in particular in facilitating the movement of players between provinces, recruitment of foreign players and the hiring of provincial coaches.
Since taking up the position, Ireland have won two Six Nations titles, in 2014 and 2018, as well as a Grand Slam in the latter campaign.
Speaking after signing his new deal, Nucifora said: "I am delighted to sign up for another three years, myself and my family have really enjoyed our time in Ireland to date and I am excited about the prospect of driving further advancements in Irish Rugby’s performance pathway.
"Over the coming months we will see the culmination of a number of years work on a couple of very important projects. Irish Rugby’s High Performance Centre in Abbottstown will come on stream during the summer and another significant piece of infrastructure – a centralised player data management platform that ties together all of the disciplines that support Irish Rugby from the start of the Elite Player Pathway through to the National Team will be in place ahead of the new season.
"This will further enhance Irish Rugby’s ability to build on their important player welfare management programme.
"There are now well established processes regarding player succession planning that flows from the start of the player pathway and links all Provinces and is optimising appropriate opportunities to accelerate the development of our young elite players.
"Investment in high quality staff and driving alignment provincially and nationally throughout all disciplines via quality staff education programmes has been a key area of focus."