It has emerged that former Ireland captain Keith Wood was part of the panel that interviewed candidates for the job of Ireland head coach.

Wood was an independent consultant on the panel along with Philip Browne and Martin O'Sullivan of the IRFU and a representative from international sports marketing agency CSM.

That group will now make a recommendation to the IRFU's union committee on who they believe should succeed Declan Kidney.

It's not known when the appointment will be confirmed.

When announcing earlier this month that Kidney's contract would not be renewed, the IRFU stated that one of his assistants, Les Kiss, would be interim head coach taking charge of the summer tour to North America which will see Ireland play against the United States and Canada.