5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland U19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday 14th December has been announced.
The closing date is Friday, March 19 and once registered coaches will receive information and a timetable one week before the course.
Des Ryan (IRFU Fitness Education Manager)
Des Ryan is the Fitness Education Manager for the IRFU. Part of his role is to run the IRFU-certified Conditioning Coach Course and the IRFU/ IAWLA Weightlifting Level 1 & Level 2 courses. Des also manages the continued professional development system for IRFU fitness coaches.
His role includes managing the fitness development structures for rugby players at Under-19 level and below.
Before Des started his position with the IRFU, he worked for Connacht Rugby for 10 years - working as the head fitness advisor for the Connacht Rugby senior squad from 2000 to 2008.
During this time, Des has worked with the Ireland 'A' squad for three years and assisted with the Ireland senior squad.
Kevin Geary (Ulster Rugby Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach)
Kevin Geary is the Ulster Rugby Academy Strength & Conditioning coach. He works day to day with the professional players in the Ulster Academy and with underage players that are hoping to become part of the Academy structure in the future.
Kevin graduated from Cork Institute of Technology in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Recreation and Leisure Management.
During his time there, he started working part time with Munster Rugby during their pre-season, eventually progressing into working full-time as the assistant Strength & Conditioning coach and continued in this role until the end of the 2008/09 season.
Over the past three years, he has taken up the post of Strength & Conditioning Coach in UCC's Mardyke Arena, working with UCC sports clubs and also completed a diploma in Physical Fitness and Conditioning for Sport through Setanta College, the IRFU-certified Conditioning Coach award as well as the IRFU/ IAWLA Weightlifting Level 1 & 2 courses.
Kevin has been in his current role since the start of the 2009/10 season.
Chris Shields (Ulster Rugby Sub Academy Fitness Coach)
Chris Shields has been a Strength & Conditioning coach with the Ulster Rugby Academy for the past three seasons. After graduating from the University of Ulster, he spent five years studying and working as an athletic therapist in Canada.
His main focus during this period was with the rehabilitation of injured American football players and college athletes.
Chris is an IRFU-certified Conditioning coach, certified Strength & Conditioning specialist (NSCA) and a qualified massage therapist.
He is responsible for the education and development of the Elite Sub-Academy players (aged 15-19 years) in areas such as speed, strength and fitness.
Chris has worked with the Ulster and Irish Schools squads for the past two years and is looking forward to what will hopefully be a successful Five Nations tournament in Wales this Easter.
Philip Morrow (IRFU High Performance Fitness Manager)
Philip was educated at University of Ulster, completing an honours degree in Sports Studies and Masters in Sport and Exercise, specialising in Physiology. He is currently employed as the High Performance Fitness Manager for the IRFU.
Before his current role, he spent five years as the head of Strength & Conditioning for Ulster Rugby.
Philip is currently working with the Ireland Under-20 squad in the RBS U-20 6 Nations Championship. His role includes managing the fitness structure for Academy players in the four provinces.
If you require more information on the workshop, please contact Niamh Nash or tel: (01) 6473835.