Saturday 22 September 2018

Declan Kidney and Les Kiss announced as technical consultant and head coach at London Irish with 'immediate effect'

17 November 2012; Ireland head coach Declan Kidney, left, and assistant coach Les Kiss ahead of the game. Autumn International, Ireland XV v Fiji, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
17 November 2012; Ireland head coach Declan Kidney, left, and assistant coach Les Kiss ahead of the game. Autumn International, Ireland XV v Fiji, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Declan Kidney's return to rugby has been confirmed this afternoon, with the former Ireland head coach joining London Irish as a technical consultant on a three-year deal with 'immediate effect'.

Kidney will reunite with his Grand Slam-winning defence coach Les Kiss, who has signed up with the Aviva Premiership side on a three-year contract as head coach after recently departing the same post at Ulster.

London Irish are currently favourites for relegation to the Championship, however, with the club 12 points adrift of Worcester at the foot of the table with just five games remaining.

In a statement the club said that Kidney and Kiss' status will not change even if London Irish fail to stay up.

Speaking on his return to rugby after five years, Kidney said:

"London Irish is a club with a proud and rich tradition, both in London and in Ireland, and I had no hesitation in agreeing to join the team at Hazelwood.

"it is a club which has a history of producing quality young players, and there appears to be a group of coaches with plenty of promise, and an off-field management team which is putting everything in place for a bright future.

"I’m under no illusions that this is going to be a challenging job. English club rugby is very competitive, and it is going to take several years for us to cement a place at the top end of the Aviva Premiership, but I believe that with the right structures this becomes a realistic ambition for us.

"I’m particularly excited to be working with Les Kiss again. We had a great relationship with the Ireland national team and I know that he is the right person to join me on this journey.

"We can’t wait to get started."

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