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Ireland extends coach Eddie O'Sullivan's contract by 4 years ahead of World Cup

Ireland extends coach Eddie O'Sullivan's contract by 4 years ahead of World Cup

The Irish Rugby Football Union gave coach Eddie O'Sullivan a four-year contract extension on Wednesday ahead of the World Cup starting next month.
O'Sullivan was already contracted to the IRFU until after the 2008 Six Nations, and is now tied to the body through the 2011 World Cup and 2012 Six Nations.
Since taking charge in November 2001, O'Sullivan has helped transform Ireland from a perennial struggler in northern hemisphere rugby to an outside contender for the Sept. 7-Oct. 20 World Cup.
Although Ireland has struggled in its recent warmup matches _ losing to Scotland and needing an injury-time try to beat Italy _ the Irish union decided to contract O'Sullivan before seeing how the team does at the World Cup.
"I see it as a timely vote of confidence in me and my coaching staff at a critical point," O'Sullivan said. "Another four years at the helm further helps me to plan a strategy for the national squad into the long-term future and that is vital if we are to achieve all our shared ambitions for Irish rugby."
The IRFU is repeating its action of four years ago when it extended O'Sullivan's initial contract, which ran until the 2004 Six Nations, prior to the 2003 World Cup.
Ireland went on to lose 43-21 to France in the quarterfinals.
"As in pre-World Cup 2003, we believe today's announcement is a timely indication of our faith and confidence in the national coach and his playing squad," IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said.


Updated : 2021-03-09 05:38 GMT+08:00