Ireland opt to remove Kidney

The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that Grand Slam-winning coach Declan Kidney will not be offered a new contract.
Declan Kidney led Ireland to Grand Slam glory in 2009. Net photo.
Declan Kidney led Ireland to Grand Slam glory in 2009. Net photo.

The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that Grand Slam-winning coach Declan Kidney will not be offered a new contract.

Kidney’s current deal ends on June 30 but his role as coach of the senior side will cease with immediate effect.

 

The future of the 53-year-old coach has been the subject of speculation since Ireland’s lacklustre RBS Six Nations campaign, which ended with them only narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon.

 

And the IRFU have released a statement which read: “The Irish Rugby Football Union will not be offering a new contract to Declan Kidney after his current agreement ends

 

“The decision was made following an in-depth review process, carried out by the IRFU’s National Team Review Group.”

IRFU CEO Philip Browne added: “We would like to sincerely thank Declan for his commitment to Irish rugby.

“His contribution and involvement across the spectrum of Irish rugby delivered under-age, Provincial, Grand Slam and Triple Crown success, and epitomises his passion, belief and commitment to the game.

“With a host of new and emerging talent at every level, we are confident of securing another world-class coach to work with this talented and ambitious group of players.”

Agencies

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