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Wednesday 17 January 2018

My Job In Munster: Greig Oliver, Elite Player Development Officer and Coach

Munster Elite Player Development Officer and Coach Greig Oliver
Munster Elite Player Development Officer and Coach Greig Oliver

Greig Oliver

From Hawick in the Scottish Borders, Greig played most of his rugby career with Hawick before he had to retire due to a knee injury. He played for Scotland and the Barbarians, and coached Hawick to a Scottish club treble in 2002.

He worked as a rugby development officer in the south-west of Scotland, rugby development manager in the Scottish Borders, academy manager in Edinburgh, and academy manager and assistant coaching roles with The Borders.

Then in 2007 he moved to Ireland with his family to wife Fiona's birthplace in Limerick, to work with Garryowen FC.

He is an IRFU Elite Player Development Officer, Munster Specialist Coach and Munster 'A' Assistant Coach.

When did you join Munster?

I joined the IRFU as elite player development officer in a full-time capacity in September 2011, following working as a Munster specialist coach while at Garryowen FC where I was director of rugby.

What do you do?

I am part of a dedicated Munster team in the IRFU Elite Player Development programme, recognising and recruiting young players for the Greencore Munster Academy and developing them into professional players for Munster and Ireland.

What is the best part of your job?

Seeing players fulfil potential, and developing them individually and collectively through the Academy process. I also thoroughly enjoy coaching in team environments, at Munster age-grade level and with the Munster 'A's.

Most memorable match?

Leinster in the Aviva last September, that match had it all.

Irish Independent

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