IRFU confirm Ireland U20s replacement for Richie Murphy

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has confirmed the formation of a new Ireland Under-20 coaching squad for the upcoming World Rugby Under-20 Championship in South Africa.

Willie Fallon is set to lead the team as head coach following the appointment of Richie Murphy as head coach of Ulster Rugby. Murphy takes over from Dan McFarland on an interim basis, but as first reported by Rugby PassUlster decided to retain Murphy on a permanent basis. Fallon – a former Ireland Under-20 defense coach – has experience from the last two Under-20 Six Nations Championships and the previous World Rugby Under-20 Championship.

Former Munster and Ireland flyer Ian Keatley will continue as forwards and full-backs coach, with Aaron Dundon retaining his role as forwards coach.

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Former Ireland international and Ulster midfielder Neil Doak joins the squad as senior coach, bringing significant experience to the setup following spells coaching the Ireland Under-18s and combined academies.

Peter Smith, Head of Elite Player Development at the IRFU, said: “We would firstly like to congratulate Richie on his new role with Ulster. He has done an exceptional job with the Ireland Under-20s in recent seasons and, on behalf of all the management and players, we wish him well for the remainder of the term.” From the season with Ulster onwards.

“It has been important for us to maintain consistency within our group, so we are delighted to confirm Willie's appointment as Ireland Under-20s head coach for this summer, with Aaron and Ian continuing in their roles and Neil joining the team as senior coach.

“The World Rugby Under-20 Championship is always an exciting challenge and, following their exit from the Six Nations, the group is excited to work hard in the coming weeks to put themselves in the best position to perform against the best in the world in South Africa.”

Enda McDonagh, Managing Partner of PwC Ireland, added: “On behalf of PwC, I would like to acknowledge Richie’s enormous contribution to the success of the Ireland U20 team in recent years, and thank him for the work he and the wider coaching team have done.” In laying the foundations for future tournaments, starting in South Africa this summer.

“I would like to congratulate Willie on his appointment as Head Coach of the Ireland Under-20s for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship and wish him every success in the weeks and months ahead as he and his staff prepare our team for another exciting summer of Under-20 rugby. Everyone at PwC is looking forward to Support the team back on the world stage.

The World Rugby Under-20 Championship will be held from 29 June to 19 July in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, Western Cape. The specific pool schedule will be announced by World Rugby at the end of the month. In preparation for the tournament, the Ireland U20s will take part in three challenge matches against Irish Universities on 24 May, Ulster 'A' on 1 June and Munster 'A' on 7 June. These matches are part of their preparations before leaving for the south. Africa.

The Ireland Under-20 squad for the tour will be named in June.


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