Wednesday 21 August 2019

IRFU name Adam Griggs as head coach of Ireland women's side for Six Nations

The Ireland team before the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, 7th Place Play-Off between Ireland and Wales at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile
The Ireland team before the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, 7th Place Play-Off between Ireland and Wales at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Adam Griggs has been named as the head coach of the Irish women's side for the 2018 Six Nations.

The IRFU have copped a lot of flak since advertising the six-month part-time role in light of Ireland's disappointing showing in this year's Women's Rugby World Cup and criticism of how the team was prepared for the tournament.

It was viewed as a downgrading of the position, something the IRFU denied.

That decision came on the back of steady progress for Irish women's rugby, with the senior team claiming Six Nations titles in 2013 and 2015 and a fourth-place finish at the 2014 World Cup.

Griggs joins the national set-up from Leinster Rugby, where he has held the role of Leinster Women's Head Coach since 2016, guiding the province to the 2016 Interprovincial Championship, and where he also worked as Assistant Coach with the Leinster U19s.

Working with Leinster since 2009 as Community Rugby Officer, Adam has AIL coaching experience, guiding Old Wesley to the Ulster Bank League Division 2B Play-Offs as a player-coach last season.

As a player, he came though the Canterbury Crusaders Academy before moving to Ireland. He won the Ulster Bank League with Lansdowne FC in 2015 and has also lined out for Leinster A.

Speaking on the appointment, IRFU High Performance Director David Nucifora said: "We received a huge response and we are delighted to announce Adam as Head Coach for the forthcoming Six Nations.

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"Adam has developed into an outstanding coach since arriving in Ireland in 2009 and has coached at schools, club and inter-provincial level. 

"He has good knowledge of the Women's game in Ireland having brought success to the Leinster Women over the past season.

"Working with staff from the Ireland Women's programme, Adam will join the squad this weekend, as they begin their preparations for the 2018 Women's Six Nations”.

Speaking on his appointment as Ireland Women's Head Coach, Griggs said: "I'm delighted to be named as Ireland Women's Head Coach and having coached during the inter-pros I know the huge amount of talent there is in Ireland. 

"It's a new challenge for me, but it's an exciting one. This is a fresh start for all of us within the squad and I know the players are highly motivated to do well.

"I look forward to getting things underway as we build towards next year's Women's Six Nations”.

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