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Eddie O’Sullivan stays until 2012



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The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that current National coach  will stay on until 2012 which takes him beyond the 2011 Rugby World cup.


The IRFU say that they are delighted to announce a further extension to the contract as National coach of Eddie O’Sullivan.

Following an initial appointment in November 2001 for the period to the conclusion of the Six Nations 2004, and then in September 2003 for a four year period to include Rugby World Cup 2007 and the 2008 Six Nations Championship; the IRFU has now invited O’Sullivan to continue in the role for another four years cycle, encompassing Rugby World Cup 2011 and the Six Nations Championship of 2012.

Philip Browne, Chief Executive of the IRFU said today: “We are delighted to come to agreement with Eddie O’Sullivan that he should continue as National Coach for a further four years period.


As in pre World Cup 2003, we believe today’s announcement is a timely indication of our faith and confidence in the National Coach and his playing squad as they are in final preparations for the upcoming World Cup in France. We wish him, his Management team and playing squad every success.”


Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan says: “I am deeply honoured that the Appointments Committee of the IRFU should see fit to give me a further extension in my role as National Coach at this time. I see it as a timely vote of confidence in me and my coaching staff at a critical point when we are about to embark on our World Cup challenge.


Another four years at the helm further helps me to plan a strategy for the National squad into the long term future and that is vital if we are to achieve all our shared ambitions for Irish rugby.”

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