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IRFU actively seeking new scrum coach

Updated: Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 21:38

Ireland were dominated in the scrum by England
Ireland were dominated in the scrum by England

The Irish Rugby Football Union has advertised for the newly-established role of high-performance scrum coach, just days after Ireland's scrummaging skills were exposed in a 30-9 Six Nations defeat by England.

The job, posted on the Leinster and Munster provincial websites, called on applicants with "a complete and thorough understanding of rugby union" to plan, research and constantly evaluate current scrummaging practice.

Ireland lost scrum after scrum on Saturday, and watching pundits in Dublin even expressed their concern for the safety of replacement tighthead prop Tom Court after the Ulster player was put under relentless pressure.

The successful candidate will be chiefly responsible for implementing a new scrum programme at the country's academies that, despite producing the likes of fly-half Jonathan Sexton and flanker Sean O'Brien, have had only one major front row graduate in the shape of loosehead Cian Healy.

The chief executive of the IRFU confirmed that a plan to employ a scrum coach had been in train long before Saturday's defeat.

Philip Browne said the idea had been under discussion for about a year, to deal with a "fairly obvious problem".

Asked if the IRFU should have waited a week or two before placing the ad, Mr Browne said they were "already committed".