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Saturday 24 February 2018

Nucifora in line to take up IRFU performance director role

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

THE IRFU are remaining tight-lipped on the proposed appointment of David Nucifora as their performance director.

The union advertised the newly created and pivotal role in May and engaged a third party for the recruitment process. The Australian has long been considered the favourite for the job, but left the IRFU waiting for his response. Reports in his homeland indicate he has now accepted their offer.

A former international hooker who won two caps between 1991 and 1993, he has a long-standing relationship with Joe Schmidt, who was his assistant when he coached the Auckland Blues in Super Rugby.

Having been overlooked for the Wallaby job in 2008, he was appointed as the high performance manager a year later and acted as a Test selector and assistant coach to Robbie Deans, while coaching the U-20 team. He resigned in December last year, but returned as a consultant last May.

The position of performance director was created by the IRFU as part of their 'Plan Ireland' strategy. The new man will "lead the management of the key coaching and technical support staff involved in the professional game, including the national team coach and provincial head coaches."

Irish Independent

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