Ireland give Kidney the boot

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:23
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We are confident of securing another world-class coach

Declan Kidney's contract as Ireland coach will not be renewed when it expires in June and Les Kiss will take over as interim coach.

The 53-year-old - who guided Ireland to the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam and won the world coach of the year award as a result - had been widely expected not to have his contract renewed at the end of June after a disappointing Six Nations.

The decision was made following an in-depth review process carried out by the IRFU's National Team Review Group.

The IRFU will continue the process of identifying suitable candidates for the permanent role, and Kiss will take charge of the team for the tour of North Americain June.

He will be assisted by assistant coaches Gert Smal and Anthony Foley.

Philip Browne, IRFU CEO, said: "We would like to sincerely thank Declan for his commitment to Irish Rugby. His contribution and involvement across the spectrum of Irish rugby delivered Under Age, Provincial, Grand Slam and Triple Crown success, and epitomises his passion, belief and commitment to the game.

"With a host of new and emerging talent at every level, and despite the clear challenges ahead, we are confident of securing another world-class coach to work with this talented and ambitious group of players."