Wednesday 13 December 2017

Schmidt to bring feek back into Ireland set-up

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

GREG FEEK could be in line for a return to the Ireland coaching set-up as Joe Schmidt looks to put the finishing touches to his ticket ahead of the November internationals.

Leinster's Richie Murphy has been confirmed as kicking coach for the three-Test Guinness Series that sees the New Zealander take charge of his first games against Samoa, Australia and the All Blacks.

Forwards coach John Plumtree is currently assessing his options after the two-day squad session earlier this week and, while no firm decision has been taken on whether a scrum coach will be drafted in, it looks likely that the former Sharks coach will seek assistance in that regard.

Feek (above) would be seen as a leading contender for the position given he ticks many of the boxes needed. The former New Zealand international hooker has worked within the Irish set-up before and also works daily with Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Sean Cronin and Jack McGrath.

The IRFU would need Leinster's permission for Feek to lend his skills to the national team, but they did not stand in Murphy's way.

The former Greystones out-half will act as kicking coach in November having worked closely with two of the three out-halves in the squad in Jonathan Sexton and Ian Madigan. He was also involved in the Emerging Ireland tour of Georgia last summer and has been Leinster's senior skills and kicking coach since 2010.

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