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O’Sullivan to coach Baa-Baas against Boks


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Eddie O’Sullivan will coach the Barbarians when they face South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday December 1, the only international to be played in England after the World Cup.

Ireland’s head coach will take charge of a star-studded squad at the 82,000-seater stadium against the Springboks, who have pledged to make their top internationals available for the fixture.

Ireland’s record-breaking coach has dramatically changed the fortunes of the team since being appointed in November 2001.

Among the many sides he had previously gained success with were the Connacht provincial team, Blackrock College, Buccaneers and the Ireland Under-21 team.

Since taking charge of Ireland’s national senior team he has been widely acknowledged as one of the game’s most professionally thorough and innovative coaches, yielding the record dividends of 10 successive victories before Six Nations Grand Slam defeat by England in March 2002.

In addition to clinching a quarter-final place in World Cup 2003 – and thus gaining automatic qualification to World Cup 2007 – other highlights in O’Sullivan’s short reign have been victories over the 1999 World Cup champions Australia, defeat of the current World Cup champions England, en route to leading Ireland to their first Triple Crown triumph in 19 years and beating South Africa for the first time since 1965.

He was appointed as assistant coach to the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand in 2005.


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