Monday 22 January 2018

Plumtree appointed new Ireland forwards coach

Sharks coach John Plumtree is set for a role under Joe Schmidt
Sharks coach John Plumtree is set for a role under Joe Schmidt

Ireland have appointed John Plumtree as their new forwards coach, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced.

Plumtree has been head coach at Super 15 outfit the Natal Sharks since 2008, overseeing triumphant Currie Cup seasons in 2008 and 2010.


The 48-year-old Kiwi also has experience of the Welsh League with Swansea and guided the Wellington Lions to play-off finals in 2003, 2004 and 2006 in New Zealand's NPC.


"I'm really looking forward to becoming part of the Irish coaching set-up," said Plumtree, who was named South African coach of the year in 2012.


"Having watched a number of recent Test matches there are some really positive challenges in front of us.


"I'm conscious of the responsibility we have and will be working hard to play my part in driving the team forward."


Plumtree will arrive in Dublin in early September and will work beneath new Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, who replaced Declan Kidney in the wake of the RBS 6 Nations.


"It's great to have John joining us as part of the Irish coaching team," Schmidt said.


"His proven success and broad experience across a number of competitions along with his ability to provide quality direction will add real value to the team."

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