"The IRFU is delighted to introduce this new team, seated at the top table and headed by Declan Kidney and Paul McNaughton, along with Gert Smal on the other side, Alan Gaffney and Les Kiss who you'll all become very familiar with as we go through the season.
"I want to wish them well and assure them and everybody else that they have the full backing of the Irish Union, and in fairness, whatever facilities and resources are required, the Union will not be found wanting in demonstrating its endorsement of this management.
"And I have no doubt, in my mind, that come next May or so at the end of the season, we'll all be able to look back with satisfaction and pride in how we have gone about our business."
Kicking coach Mark Tainton was absent from the press conference as he was attending a kicking practice session.
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