Former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell, who made 108 appearances for the national team and played in four World Cups, will take on the role of forwards coach, while fellow coach Simon Easterby will concentrate on defense.
Seven Test matches for the British and Irish Lions on three tours, as well as two Heineken Cup titles for Munster, also included O’Connell’s distinguished playing career. #TeamOfUsPaul O’Connell Joins Ireland Coaching Community We are delighted to announce that former Ireland captain @Paul-OConnell will join the coaching team of Andy Farrell ahead of #GuinnessSixNations Full information #ShoulderToShoulder-Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 7, 2021 “I’m really looking forward to working with Andy (Farrell, head coach) and the rest of the coaching team,” he told the Irish Ru Rugby. “It’s an exciting young group of players with whom I’m involved and there are talented forwards in all four provinces who will undoubtedly push for international selection in the coming months and years. “Ireland will start the Six Nations against Wales this year in Cardiff on February 7. O’Connell has held coaching roles with the Munster Academy, Ireland Unde Unde, since retiring from active sport in 2015. “Simon (Easterby) has a real passion for defense and having developed Ireland’s forward play over the last six years, with additional defensive responsibilities over the last 12 months, he will now be able to focus his energy and rugby intellect on that area of our game.”