Monday 14 October 2019

All-female coaching ticket for Munster women and U-18s

Munster U-18 Girls assistant coach Mairead Kelly, technical skills coach Niamh Briggs, head coach Fiona Hayes, team manager Sarah Hartigan and women’s captain Ciara Griffin. Photo: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Munster U-18 Girls assistant coach Mairead Kelly, technical skills coach Niamh Briggs, head coach Fiona Hayes, team manager Sarah Hartigan and women’s captain Ciara Griffin. Photo: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Munster have confirmed that their women's and U-18s teams will be coached and managed by all-female staff for the first time.

Former Ireland international Laura Guest, who won 36 caps, will be in charge of the senior team for a third season with her former team-mate, Helen Brosnan, coming in as assistant coach.

Maeve D'Arcy (manager), Lorna Barry (strength and conditioning) and Kathyrn Fahy complete the senior set-up.

Meanwhile, Ireland full-back Niamh Briggs has taken on a role as technical skills coach with the U-18 squad. Former Ireland international Fiona Hayes will take over as head coach with ex-UL Bohs and Ireland winger Mairéad Kelly acting as assistant.

"It is brilliant to have a strong cohort of female coaches and management in place ahead of our summer programme," Guest said.

"The level of knowledge and expertise across both groups will make for some brilliant sessions and I'm looking forward to working with all of the coaches.

"We came agonisingly close to retaining our interprovincial series title last season and we hope to be right up there again contesting the trophy with another exciting group.

"The development of the U-18 girls and the TIP (Talent Identification Programme) group are crucial to bringing players through into our senior ranks and with Fiona, Mairéad and Niamh in those key roles, we will be in a very good position."

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