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US Eagles boss takes flight

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:00
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United States Eagles head coach Eddie O'Sullivan has become the latest man to quit his job in the aftermath of the World Cup.

O'Sullivan, a former Ireland head coach, announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down and is considering other options "closer to home".

The announcement comes in the wake of United States' strong showing in the recent World Cup in New Zealand, but on the same day that England coach Martin Johnson quit his job.

Others who have left their coaching positions since the World Cup include Graham Henry (New Zealand) and Nick Mallett (Italy).

O'Sullivan said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my two-and-a-half years as head coach to the US Eagles, it has been a rewarding journey working with all the players and staff.

"I was delighted with our progress and overall performances in the Rugby World Cup, but feel that it is now time for me to consider other options closer to home.

"The win over Russia and the performance against Ireland on 9/11 was particularly special. I would like to wish USA Rugby every success in the future."

O'Sullivan started his coaching career with Monivea in Co Galway, before spells with Blackrock College, Connacht, Ireland Under-21 and a first spell at the Eagles.

He then landed the Ireland assistant coach role in 1999, before taking the reins of Ireland in 2001, a position he held until March 19, 2008.

During his time as Ireland coach his team won three Triple Crowns and rose to third in the IRB World Rankings.

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