Connacht have announced their backroom coaching team for next season, but have yet to appoint a new forwards coach. 

Peter Wilkins will move to a new role of senior coach where he will have primary responsibility for attack. 
He will be supported by Mossy Lawler who has been appointed assistant attack and skills coach, in addition to Colm Tucker who is defence and forwards technical skills coach.

A recruitment process to replace outgoing forwards coach Jimmy Duffy is underway. 

It means the numbers on the professional coaching team, headed by Andy Friend, will move from four to five. 

All three coaches have signed two-year contracts running in tandem with Friend's recently announced extension.

Wilkins first joined Connacht as defence coach as 2017, having previously held the same role at Edinburgh Rugby for two seasons.  

Lawler moved to Connacht as a coach in 2014 after a successful playing career with Munster and Wasps. He has spent the last six years as elite player development officer in the Connacht academy and four years as head coach for the Connacht Eagles.

At international level he has served as attack coach of the Ireland Under-18 Schools and head coach of the Ireland Under-19s.

Tucker joined Connacht in 2015 as coach development officer before moving to the role of provincial talent coach 12 months later and subsequently as elite player development officer, working primarily with the forwards in the Connacht academy and as forwards and defence coach for the Connacht Eagles.

Head coach Andy Friend said: "This is really exciting development for Connacht Rugby. Firstly with Peter as our new senior coach we have someone who has been a crucial part of the coaching team since my arrival.

"Pete has an incredible knowledge of the game and has built up a wealth of experience across the Pro 14 and Super Rugby. I know he will thrive in his new role of implementing strategies across a number of areas of our programme.

"I’m equally pleased to welcome Colm and Mossy into our coaching setup from next season. Their appointments will allow for even greater continuity as we continue to develop our homegrown talent.

"We’ve also started the process of recruiting a new forwards coach so I’m very excited by what we as a coaching team can achieve in the years ahead."

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