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O'Sullivan to advise Olympic Handballers

Updated: Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 13:40

Eddie O'Sullivan will advise Ireland's handball team
Eddie O'Sullivan will advise Ireland's handball team

Former Ireland rugby coach Eddie O’Sullivan is to act as High Performance Advisor to the Irish Olympic Handball Association.

Former Ireland rugby coach Eddie O’Sullivan is to act as High Performance Advisor to the Irish Olympic Handball Association.

The organisation announced yesterday that O’Sullivan was to join their team of advisors, which also includes coach Tony Gerona Salaet of FC Barcelona, fitness coach David Matthews, the former runner, and sports pyschologist Stephen McIvor.

Over 5,000 people play Olympic Handball at schools level in Ireland and the national men’s team is set to bid for qualification for the European Championships in 2014 with matches against Romania, Israel and Belgium in the coming months.

Ireland is currently ranked 41 of 50 nations in Europe, and the intention is to accelerate the progress ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

O’Sullivan said: “It is a very exciting time for Olympic Handball in Ireland. The growth of the game nationwide and the structures being put in place around the National Team gives the sport a tremendous opportunity to advance within the European rankings in the near future. I am looking forward to assisting the organisation in accelerating that development.”

O’Sullivan still hopes to secure a major job in rugby and this week expressed an interest in taking over at Munster when current head coach Tony McGahan returns to Australia.

The province has settled on a shortlist of five candidates. O'Sullivan, current forwards coach Anthony Foley, New Zealander Wayne Smith and Michael Bradley, formerly Connacht coach but now in charge of Edinburgh, are among those who have been linked with the role.