17 Jun, 19:25
Ireland pulled clear of hosts Canada with four tries in the closing half hour as they earned a 40-14 victory at the BMO Stadium on Saturday night. Check out some photos from the Toronto tussle.
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in Ireland. We are currently inviting applications for the position of 'Head of Medical Services'.
Working with the IRFU Medical Committee, the Head of Medical Services will operate at the cutting-edge of professional sport in Ireland. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, developing and implementing medical and related strategies, plans and objectives which will deliver a world class medical service for professional rugby players employed by the IRFU and which will deliver up to date advice and policies to inform the wider amateur game at club and schools level.
Primary responsibilities will be:
• Medical Standards - ensuring medical personnel implement the highest possible medical and ethical standards in all aspects of work.
• Medical Policy/Strategy - developing IRFU medical policy as well as define medical practices and procedures in consultation with the IRFU Medical Advisory Committee and ensuring implementation of the agreed policy.
• Player Medical Care - Foster and maintain close links with and between national and provincial Team doctors in relation to player injuries. Ensure that the IRFU are advised on all significant developments in the field of preparation and care of players involved in contact sports to ensure that our systems can truly be regarded as world class
• Finance - planning and reporting on current and forecast medical budgets detailing analysis of current and expected expenditure.
• Injury Prevention / Rehabilitation - designing and implementing high quality and robust injury prevention and rehabilitation processes.
• Anti-Doping Policy - ensuring International Rugby Board and related associations / bodies' anti-doping and substance abuse policies are properly adopted by the IRFU.
The successful candidate will have:
• Full Registration with Medical Council
• Excellent communication skills
• A minimum of 3 years' experience working in Elite sport
• A record of clinical excellence in a relevant field
This is an exciting role which enables the successful candidate to work across the entire spectrum of rugby in Ireland and represents a unique opportunity to meet the medical demands of Irish Rugby as a major sporting organisation both nationally and internationally.
The successful candidate will receive a remuneration and benefits package commensurate with this responsibility. This position is being offered on a 3 year Fixed Term, Part-Time basis. Applicants should note that this role will be based in Dublin.
Please forward your Curriculum Vitae (in confidence) with a covering letter supporting your application to email@example.com, or by post to Maurice Dowling, HR Director, IRFU, 10/12 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Closing date for applications is 21st June 2013.
The IRFU is an equal opportunities employer.
The Performance Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Professional Game in Ireland within the strategic, policy and budgetary parameters laid down by the IRFU Committee.
Reporting to the Chief Executive and accountable through the Chief Executive to the IRFU National Professional Game Board (NPGB), the Performance Director will lead the management of the key coaching and technical support staff involved in the professional game including the National Team Coach, Provincial Head Coaches, High Performance Manager, Medical Director, Director of Fitness.
He/she will have overall responsibility for the delivery of an integrated high performance system with a world class elite player development pathway, world class coaching, world class support services, all delivering consistent and sustained performance by the National Team through excellence and innovation. Working closely with the Provincial CEOs, success at National Team level will be underpinned by consistent and sustained performance of provincial teams measured against agreed KPIs.
• In collaboration with the National Team Coach and Chairman of the NPGB, establish a process for setting KPIs for the National Team and monitoring and evaluating the performance of the National Coach and his coaching and technical staff against those KPIs.
• Establish a process for setting KPIs for provincial teams and coaches with their respective PGBs and for the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of Provincial coaches and their technical staff against those KPIs.
• Responsible for ensuring that systems and structures, along with objective measures and evaluation protocols, are in place across the IRFU Elite Player Development Pathways to ensure delivery of the player succession needs of the National and Provincial Teams.
• Establish an effective operational structure for technical services, integrated across the four Provincial Teams and National Squad.
• Responsible for the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the High Performance Plan.
• Knowledge and understanding of high performance sport at a world class level, ideally with a knowledge of professional rugby in Ireland.
• Knowledge and understanding of world class talent development and performance pathways in a high performance environment, ideally within the sport of rugby.
• Excellent communicator (written and verbal) with an ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people, and able to present a highly professional image when representing the IRFU.