Ireland women's coach Adam Griggs is to step down after the November internationals, with former assistant coach Greg McWilliams to take over.

The IRFU have this morning confirmed the decision by Griggs to vacate the role, following Ireland's failure to qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup.

However, the New Zealander will continue to work with the IRFU as a provincial talent coach for Leinster, focusing on talent identification and player development across both the men's and women’s game.

Defeat at the hands of Spain and Scotland in last month's round-robin tournament in Italy meant Ireland missed out on next year's tournament in New Zealand.

At the time the union said it would conduct a standard review "in line with all other national team campaigns" and yesterday confirmed the details of the investigation, which will be led by former Wales international Amanda Bennett.

Griggs will see out his contract by taking charge of the side against Japan and the United States next month, and admits it has been a "bitterly disappointing" end to his four years in charge.


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"It has been an enjoyable and challenging period," he said.

"It was bitterly disappointing to exit the World Cup qualification as we did, however, I believe the group can take pride in their personal growth and development as rugby players.

"Personally, I will take plenty of learning from this experience which I look forward to implementing in the future.

"I would like to thank the players and support staff for their unwavering commitment to the green jersey and I look forward to watching a talented group grow into world class players under Greg's tutelage."

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McWilliams most recently served as assistant to US Eagles men’s side - while also coaching Rugby United New York in American Major League and acting as a technical advisor to Yale University.

He was assistant to Philip Doyle when Ireland won the 2013 Grand Slam and reached the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

McWilliams said: "It's such an exciting time for women’s sport globally. There is a terrific energy building and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that journey, continuing on from the great work paved by Adam and his staff.

"I’m most looking forward to meeting the staff at the IRFU High Performance Centre, the players and their families.

"In the meantime, USA and Japan travel to Dublin in a few weeks. It’s a brilliant challenge for the squad against two quality teams.

"Think of how powerful two strong performances would be for our players against top opposition. It would be massive for momentum as we begin the next World Cup cycle."

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