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Former Leinster coach slams Kidney appointment



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Former Leinster assistant coach David Knox has described the appointment of Declan Kidney (pictured) as Irish Rugby coach, as ‘a big mistake’.

Knox, who has recently parted company with Leinster in order to return to Australia, insisted that the IRFU made a major error in appointing Kidney in favour of a foreign coach.

Following Eddie O’Sullivan’s retirement Australian Pat Howard who coached Leicester was mentioned in connection with the Ireland job.

‘The Irish international team badly needed a foreign coach. After the Eddie O’Sullivan era, they wanted someone to test these guys, show them a new way to play,’ Knox is quoted on RTE Sport.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, Australian coach Knox is very critical of the rugby played by Kidney’s Munster, insisting their triumphs come at the expense of any style or flair.

‘The Munster people think he [Kidney] is a messiah but I just don’t understand that.

‘Munster get 30 points on the board by grinding away and when the other team is shot, they try and throw the ball around a bit. Then people say, what a great team. It’s rubbish.

Knox was also critical of Ronan O’Gara. ‘I have been here for 3 years and I have never seen him create space for anybody,’ he claimed. Yet over here he ranks with Dan Carter as the best fly-half in the world, I have never heard such rubbish.’


Knox’s comments prompted Leinster rugby to issue a statement distancing themselves from Know and pointing out that he is no longer in their employment.



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