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Easterby new Ireland forwards coach
17 Jul 2014 12:12
Former international flanker Simon Easterby has been confirmed as the new Ireland forwards coach.
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Easterby, who has been head coach with Welsh outfit the Scarlets for the past two seasons, will replace John Plumtree, who left the position after Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina.
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A former Ireland captain, Easterby played 65 times for Ireland between 2000 and 2008 and was a member of the British and Irish Lions tour of 2005.
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He will join the Irish set-up at the start of October.
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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said that Easterby had "tremendous Test-match experience combined with an in-depth knowledge of the current national squad players.
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"He is well known to Irish rugby supporters and to many of the players and his knowledge and experience will help drive the team forward."
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Easterby said that it was an exciting time to be involved in Irish rugby.
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"I am looking forward to helping the team continue to be as competitive as possible,” he said.
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