Having resigned as Oldham coach today to take up the newly created position with the Ireland team, Ford said: "I have always had the ambition to workwith international rugby union players and the offer from Eddie O'Sullivan to team up with Ireland gives me the chance to be involved with many world class stars. It is a challenge I truly relish."
New Ireland team coach Eddie O'Sullivan says: " Mike Ford brings another critical layer of specialist coaching talent to the Irish management structure. He has the reputation of being one of the brightest, innovative
Ford will join the new Irish management team of coach O'Sullivan, manager, Brian O'Brien, assistant coach Declan Kidney and specialist forwards coachNiall O'Donovan at a week long squad training session in Limerick, from January 13 to 18 next.