Saturday 24 March 2018

Bradley set for Reds return in revamped backroom

Former Connacht coach Michael Bradley is being tipped for a post with a revamped Munster management team. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Former Connacht coach Michael Bradley is being tipped for a post with a revamped Munster management team. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

John Fallon

Former Connacht coach Michael Bradley is being linked to a position in a revamped Munster management team for next season.

Munster coach Anthony Foley is about to have his contract extended for a third year, but it is expected that there will be some changes made to his backroom staff.

Bradley, who spent seven years in charge of Connacht, has been working as an assistant coach with Georgia for the past few seasons and helped them win two games at the recent World Cup.

The former Ireland and Munster captain also spent two seasons in charge of Edinburgh son. Bradley, a former Ireland 'A' and U-20 coach, is due to return to Georgia in the new year to prepare for the defence of their European Nations Cup title - essentially a Six Nations B competition.

It is expected that any changes made to Foley's backroom team will not take place until the summer.

Meanwhile, Connacht winger Danie Poolman is excited about the possibility of adding to his try tally against Newcastle Falcons on the 4G surface at Kingston Park on Sunday.

Poolman has played just five games for the Westerners this season but dotted down four times and got their only try in the 25-10 Challenge Cup win over Newcastle at the Sportsground at the weekend.


The 26-year-old South African has scored 19 tries in 61 appearances for the province and says he enjoys playing on the firmer pitch.

Connacht picked up a number of injuries after their defeat to Cardiff the last time they play on a 4G pitch at the Arms Park on December 4, but Poolman doesn't have any fears after he returned from a hamstring problem to such good effect last week.

"I quite enjoy the 4G pitch. The surface is a bit harder, underfoot it would be pretty solid so it won't be messy, with loads of mud," he said. "Even if it is not that dry you can still play an expansive game because there isn't mud on the ball. You can throw it around and that is what I prefer."

Poolman struck in 75th minute on Friday night as Connacht made it three wins from three in the Challenge Cup. With Enisei-STM's surprise victory at home to Brive it means Connacht would take a huge step towards qualification for the knockout stages with victory on Sunday.

But Poolman says the players are taking it one game at a time and they just want to keep on winning.

"We aim to win every game," he said. "It is going to be big over there. They are probably using a stronger team, but if we can improve on what we did at the weekend we should be okay."

Irish Independent

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