Thursday 20 June 2019

Kiss: No need for knee-jerk reaction to 'invented problems' following World Cup exit


Les Kiss
Les Kiss
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Former Ireland defence coach Les Kiss insists that there is no need for radical changes in the country following another World Cup quarter-final exit.

Kiss revealed that he along with Joe Schmidt and the other coaches began the World Cup review last week and that despite having left his role with the national side, he will be on hand to further assist with the process.

The Australian, who began his role as Ulster's director of rugby on Monday after seven and half years coaching Ireland, is admant that problems are being 'invented' around Irish rugby.

"I was part of a mini-review last week and that review process will travel along for the next week or two. We are pretty common sense about it all," Kiss said. "You can invent things that are a problem but there are level heads there to make sure it's channelled into the right areas.


"I was part of that initial process and as the Ulster coach I'll hopefully be part of the solutions going forward if there's other things they need to do on it.

"It would be remiss to jump to massive conclusions that things are wrong. There are a lot of good things. You don't win two Six Nations without getting a lot of things right.

"The areas that are being picked out to work on and move forward with, that'll be worked out over the next few weeks.

"I've worked with those guys, the players for a lot years. The current coaches and David Nucifora (IRFU performance director), Dave Clark the fitness manager. . . they'll get their heads around the right things.

"I don't honestly think there's a lot to work on but they will certainly look at what they feel they have to improve on.

"There was a lot thrown at us in that week (of the defeat to Argentina). . . it'd be wrong for anyone to be jumping to conclusions or knee-jerk reactions."

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