Andy Farrell to replace Les Kiss as Ireland defence coach

Andy Farrell to replace Les Kiss as Ireland defence coach
Andy Farrell.

Andy Farrell has been appointed as Ireland defence coach.

The IRFU have announced that Farrell, who left his position as assistant England coach last month, will take up the role following this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship,

The IRFU said Farrell’s contract would commence ahead of the June tour to South Africa and run until the completion of World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt welcomed today's announcement.

"It's great to have Andy coming into our coaching team," he said. "The quality of his delivery and breadth of his experience as well as the positive impact he had when coaching a number of our senior players during the 2013 Lions tour will add real value for us.”

Andy Farrell commented, "To have this opportunity to work with a very talented management and playing group really excites me.

"With a wealth of top class experienced senior players and a fantastic crop of youngsters pushing hard the future is very positive for Irish rugby and I can't wait to get started.”

Farrell has been assistant coach with England from 2011 to 2015 as well as defence coach for the 2013 Series winning Lions squad. Previous to joining the England set-up, Andy coached Aviva Premiership side Saracens.

A dual code player, Andy played for Wigan (370 caps), England (11 caps) and Great Britain (34 caps) before switching to Union and joining Saracens. He won eight caps for England including three appearances at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

His son Owen Farrell is a current England international, playing at both fly-half and centre.

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