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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Head Coach

This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
# Allez les Verts
Farrell's Ireland target first win over France in possible Grand Slam decider
The French will be in town on Saturday and the Ireland boss is expecting a raucous atmosphere.
Last month
January 2023
# Dan the Man
'I love my job' says Ulster's McFarland amid links to Leicester job
Meanwhile, Iain Henderson was injured just days before Ireland’s Six Nations squad is named.
# suftum
'They won that game, I don't think we lost that game. I was 100% proud'
Ulster boss Dan McFarland believes his side should have had a penalty try against La Rochelle.
Last year
2022
# step up
Goodman open to more responsibility after Lancaster leaves Leinster
The New Zealander has earned positive reviews for his work since arriving last summer.
# Verdict
'Australia made it an absolute dogfight... we're delighted with the win'
Andy Farrell praised his side for finding a way to win in Dublin.
# AIL
Former Connacht head coach Michael Bradley takes over at UCC
The vastly-experienced Cork native will be joined by fellow ex-Ireland internationals Ken O’Connell and Paul McCarthy, plus former Munster out-half Scott Deasy.
# New gig
Munster boss Rowntree not trying to 'reinvent the wheel' as new era begins
The head coach says he has made tweaks to the province’s approach to training.
# The Boss
Sublime series success is a momentous achievement for Andy Farrell
The Ireland head coach has steered his team to a series victory in New Zealand.
# Inside track
Joe Schmidt has joined the All Blacks coaching team ahead of Ireland clash
The former Ireland boss will be part of the Kiwi set-up for the three-Test series.
# Economics
'We would have loved to play at Thomond Park but we're going to embrace the Aviva'
Munster head coach Johann van Graan says the province is aligned over the decision.
# heart and soul
'I absolutely want to be here... I see myself as a Munster man'
Johann van Graan has stressed his commitment to Munster until the end of the season.
# Staff
Rowntree the first signing but plenty of pieces left to find in Munster puzzle
The Englishman has signed on for another two seasons with the province.
# Aspirations
'The head coach question, that's one for another day' - Rowntree
The Munster forwards coach has been linked with a promotion.
# Irish Abroad
Michael Bradley sacked as head coach of Italian club Zebre
The former Ireland international joined the club in 2017.
All time
# CONNECTION
'She has been incredible' - Munster's Kilcoyne hails influence of Currid
The performance psychologist has also had great success with the Limerick hurlers.
# Final Chapter
'I’m going to put everything, my heart and soul, into Munster for the next 7 months'
Johann van Graan was unwilling to reveal any detail about his departure at the end of this season.
# frustrations
Bath confirm Van Graan signing after Munster boss invoked release clause
It’s understood that the South African had some frustrations behind the scenes in Munster.
# exit door
'We were obviously deflated and a bit down, it's an emotional time for anyone'
Johann van Graan told the Munster players of his departure yesterday.
# Head Coach
ROG the dream appointment for many Munster fans but contract complicates it
Johann van Graan will leave the province at the end of the current season.
# exit door
Munster confirm that head coach Van Graan will leave at end of season
The South African was offered a new two-year deal but will depart in June.
# jvg
Munster boss Van Graan remains tight-lipped on possible contract extension
The South African’s current deal expires next summer.
# Wave Goodbye
'I understand the club and supporters will be disappointed' - Stephen O'Donnell
The Dundalk-bound head coach confirmed his St Pat’s departure this evening.
# Moving On
'It's been a difficult period for everyone involved and no different to myself'
Adam Griggs has one more game left as Ireland Women head coach.
# Leaders
Fast, relentless, adaptable - Connacht's 'gardener' targets URC quarter-final
Andy Friend is heading into his fourth season in charge of the province.
# The Boss
'It wasn't a mixed bag for me, I'm delighted with the win' - Farrell
The Ireland head coach was satisfied with his team’s 39-31 victory over Japan.
# ROG
O'Gara signs new three-year deal to stay with La Rochelle until 2024
The former Munster and Ireland out-half will lead the Top 14 club form next season onwards.
# Priorities
Gatland knew 'a long time ago' that Farrell wouldn't be available to Lions
Farrell will lead Ireland on their tour to the Pacific Islands if it goes ahead.
# The Boss
'They always seem pretty important against Scotland, don’t they?'
Andy Farrell’s Ireland need to show a complete picture of what they’re about.
# ROG
How Ronan O'Gara has helped turn La Rochelle into Top 14 contenders
The 43-year-old Cork man has had an impact on the French club’s defence and attack.
# Possible XV
Farrell set to hand Ruddock an Ireland recall for Six Nations clash with France
James Ryan is set to miss out, while captain Johnny Sexton could also be ruled out.
# Derby Day
Rare win over Leinster would be momentous for van Graan's Munster
The South African has only tasted victory in this fixture once before.
# Negotiations
Connacht hoping to extend head coach Friend's contract into next season
The Australian has proven hugely popular with players and supporters alike since arriving in 2018.
# woes
McFarland defends Ulster form after Ferris questions province's quality
Ulster have had suffered two defeats in the Champions Cup over the past fortnight.
# Impact
Connacht and their 'bouncers' out to cause major upset against Racing
Andy Friend’s side are looking for a big performance from their entire matchday 23.
# Inspiration
'We're in nursery school, Liverpool are doing their PhD at Oxford University'
England boss Eddie Jones explained how the Premier League club has inspired them.
# Power
Farrell hails 'dominant' Irish win but injuries a concern for Twickenham trip
The Ireland head coach knows his team will need to improve on ‘everything’ to beat England.
# Philosophy
'I’m a coach who likes to trust his gut and that won’t change' - Andy Farrell
The new head coach insists he will remain hands-on for Ireland’s training sessions.
# Irish Eye
Ex-Ireland and Liverpool winger Kennedy named head coach of Macclesfield Town
The 43-year-old has taken over at the struggling League Two club.
# Squeeze Every Drop
'If I was to describe the way we want to play it’s ‘collective speed''
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has a keen interest in psychology.
# new boss
IRFU expect Farrell to bring clear vision in 'challenging' 2020 Six Nations
The Englishman will gather his squad for the first time just before Christmas.