Derval O’Rourke lines up new role with Munster

Derval O’Rourke lines up new role with Munster

Retired Irish athlete Derval O’Rourke has been given the role of player development manager, working with the Munster rugby team.

The part-time role is run by the Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA). IRUPA have four player development managers, one based in each of the four provinces.

O’Rourke, who replaces former Ireland rugby player Marcus Horan in the role, will divide her working time between the two Munster bases in Limerick and Cork.

“We began recruiting for the position several weeks back, she made a very strong application,” IRUPA communications Sara-Jane English said in the Irish Times.

"Derval has already been with us for a couple of weeks now in a training capacity. We’re certainly delighted to have her on board, and very much looking forward to working with her.”

The European silver medallist, who retired in June, will work on all aspects of player welfare, including career development general well-being and preparation for retirement.

“She definitely understands what it takes to achieve at the highest level of sport and has always been a very strong advocate of the importance of athlete and player welfare," added English.

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