Monday 23 October 2017

McNaughton confirmed as Irish manager

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE expected announcement of Paul McNaughton as Irish rugby team manager was confirmed by the IRFU yesterday, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.

The former international is the first appointment to the backroom team since the confirmation of Declan Kidney as the new coach earlier this month.

McNaughton, capped 15 times between 1978 and 1981, will hold the position until after the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

It is not the first time that the pair have worked together as he was manager of Leinster during Kidney's brief reign with the province.

"While there are challenges ahead there is also a certain amount of anticipation about the possibilities that exist for Irish rugby," McNaughton said.

"I am looking forward to working with Declan and the rest of the players over the coming months and beyond. I can echo his sentiments by saying that there is no greater honour than working with your own national team."

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