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Joe Schmidt's backroom team sign on until June 2020 with Greg Feek staying until end of World Cup despite Japan move

Joe Schmidt with his coaching staff, kicking coach Richie Murphy, defence coach Andy Farrell and forwards coach Simon Easterby deep in conversation at Twickenham in March. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Joe Schmidt with his coaching staff, kicking coach Richie Murphy, defence coach Andy Farrell and forwards coach Simon Easterby deep in conversation at Twickenham in March. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The IRFU have confirmed that Joe Schmidt's backroom have extended their contracts to keep them in place until the end of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby, defence coach Andy Farrell, scrum coach Greg Feek and skills coach Richie Murphy have signed new deal.

Easterby joined the Ireland coaching ticket in 2015 having previously held the position of head coach at Llanelli Scarlets. Easterby has extended his IRFU contract to June 2020.

Farrell has extended his contract through to June 2020 while Richie Murphy who joined the national coaching group in 2014 from Leinster has also extended his role as national skills and kicking coach to June 2020.

Feek joined the national coaching group on a full-time basis in 2014 having previously worked with Leinster and with the national team on a consultancy basis.

Due to a change in personal circumstances Feek will take up a position with Japanese club side Ricoh in the coming weeks but will continue in his role with the Ireland national team through to the completion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director said: "We have a world class coaching group that has driven and sustained high levels of performance on the international stage.

"They also support the work of the provinces with their technical expertise and play an important role in the development of young players on the pathway to international honours."

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