Player/coach role for Irish stalwart

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:54
Large declan danaher 630

London Irish stalwart, Declan Danaher, will combine playing with coaching this season as he joins the London Irish Academy coaching team.

London Irish stalwart, Declan Danaher, will combine playing with coaching this season as he joins the London Irish Academy coaching team.

Declan, who is currently in his 14th pre-season campaign with the Exiles, will work with players in both the London Irish AASE group and EPDG programme.

The 33-year-old has worn the London Irish jersey on 261 occasions, second only to Justin Bishop, and will use his vast knowledge and experience of the game to help develop the next generation of London Irish stars.

Representing London Irish this season will still be at the forefront of Danaher’s mind, although he also has one eye on the future and a career in coaching the game.

Danaher said: “I’m really happy that Brian Smith has offered me the chance to work with the Academy. The London Irish development system has been hugely successful in recent years, producing players that have gone on to play at the highest level, so to have the chance to help out the future players of this club will be a great challenge and I am looking forward to it.

“Representing London Irish has always been a huge honour and I will continue to work hard to ensure I am in the mix for selection.”

Director of Rugby Brian Smith believes Danaher has the capabilities to be an outstanding coach. He said: “This club has been a huge part of Dec’s life for the last 14 years and it is great he will be able to pass on his experience to the next crop of emerging players.

“He epitomises what London Irish is about and there is no better person to explain to these young lads what it means to play for our club.”

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 08 February 2016
UP-Tuks v NWU-Pukke 14h45 Pretoria
UWC v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Maties v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Stellenbosch
UJ v NMMU-Madibaz 16h30 Johannesburg
Wits v TUT 16h30 Johannesburg
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 17h00 Cape Town
Fri, 12 February 2016
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Zebre 22h00 RDS Arena
Sat, 13 February 2016
France v Ireland 14h25 Paris
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Saracens v Wasps 15h00 Allianz Park
Wales v Scotland 16h50 Cardiff
Sun, 14 February 2016
Italy v England 14h00 Rome
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 16h00 Kingston Park
PREMIERSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 11 10 0 1 45
Exeter Chiefs 11 8 0 3 39
Leicester Tigers 11 8 0 3 34
Harlequins 11 6 1 4 33
Wasps 11 6 0 5 28
Northampton Saints 11 5 0 6 26
Sale Sharks 10 5 1 4 26
Gloucester 11 5 1 5 25
Bath 10 3 0 7 18
Worcester Warriors 11 2 0 9 13
London Irish 11 3 0 8 12
Newcastle Falcons 11 2 1 8 12