Former Ireland rugby international Paul Dean has been confirmed as the next Ireland team manager.

Dean is set to replace Michael Kearney, who will step down from the role after Ireland's clash with Australia on Saturday 26 November. 

Dean was a Triple-Crown winner with Ireland in 1982 and 1985, and in 1987 he played against Wales and Australia at the inaugural Rugby World Cup and went on to win 32 caps for his country between 1981 and 1989 scoring 19 points. 

In recent years he has been working as a sports consultant and has played an active role as a member of the Leinster Professional Game Board and he believes that his experience can help the Irish team continue to develop.

"It is a great honour to take up this position with the national team," he said. 

"I am joining a successful and highly motivated group and I look forward to supporting them achieve further success at the highest level of the game.

Joe Schmidt, commented: "Paul comes into the role with a great rugby pedigree and an understanding of how challenging international rugby can be. We will look to integrate him into the management group over the coming months and look forward to working closely with him in the build up to the 2017 RBS 6 Nations.”