Andy Farrell has been named as Ireland’s new defence coach less than a month after he was sacked as England’s assistant coach.
A statement from the Irish Rugby Football Union confirmed that the 40-year-old will take up his post after the Six Nations. 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.
“The Irish RugbyFootball Union today announced the appointment of Andy Farrell as Ireland defence coach. Andy will take up the role with the national team following the 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championships,” read the statement.
“It’s great to have Andy coming into our coaching team,” said head coach Joe Schmidt. 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.”
Farrell added: “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.”