Former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan is set to return to the game as head coach of Buccaneers.

O'Sullivan is to take over from Kolo Kiripati at the Athlone club, with the Samoan stepping down last week having led the club to promotion into Division 1B of the Energia All-Ireland League.

The 63-year-old is no stranger to Buccaneers, having led the club in the late 1990s, during which time they were twice promoted.

O'Sullivan was head coach of Ireland between 2001 and 2008, winning three triple crowns, while in the last decade he has been head coach of the USA national side as well as coaching at Biarritz in France, and Old Belvedere in the All-Ireland League.

Buccaneers finished third in Division 2A last season, before an 18-17 win against Queen's University in the play-off final to secure a return to the second tier.

O'Sullivan has also been a regular presence on RTÉ Sport's rugby coverage in recent years.

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