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Coaching Ireland

It’s not something I’ve thought about to be honest and I couldn’t say it’s really an ambition of mine because I don’t tend to plan ahead.

“I think there are some very good coaches involved with Ireland at the moment so it’s a moot point but as I said, I don’t really set long-term goals, which is probably a weakness of my coaching but I’m happy working with players on a week-to-week basis.

“Really, part of me still wants to be an assistant coach, which takes you out of the spotlight and lets you concentrate more intently on the actual hands-on rugby coaching. Head coaches have to deal with the commercial side of the game, contracts, sponsorship and all that stuff, and all of it is very important, but I feel most comfortable on the field coaching and I’ll keep plugging away – I don’t really have any ambitions in any context really.”