AS WAS widely expected, new Ireland coach Declan Kidney will put his Heineken Cup celebrations with Munster on hold and join new Ireland manager Paul McNaughton on a trip Down Under to take in Ireland’s two-match summer tour.
A team spokesman said yesterday that both Kidney and McNaughton will travel in a purely observational role to watch the Ireland team perform in the games in Wellington and Melbourne and will also use the visit to gain first-hand knowledge of the implementation of the new Experimental Law Variations (ELV’s).
Kidney and McNaughton plan to meet with several Super 14 coaches to review the new laws and their effects on the game ahead of the introduction of a selection of the ELV’s for next season in the Northern Hemisphere.
“Both Declan and I felt that the tour was an opportunity to talk to coaches who had first-hand experience with regard to the ELV’s ahead of our matches in November, which will be played under the new variations,” said McNaughton.
“It also very importantly allows us to watch the Ireland team play in both of their games from an external viewpoint and to get a good look at the players in what will be two very testing games against quality teams.”
Kidney will get his first opportunity to work with Ireland’s players at a weekend camp in the first week of August ahead of next season.
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