12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The appointment of a professional player to the helm of a women's team has been warmly welcomed nationally, and should continue to raise the profile and standard of the women's game.
After the announcement of his appointment, Naoupu said: "I'm thrilled to be involved with the Galwegians Rugby Club and grateful for the opportunity to coach the Women's team.
"The development and promotion of female rugby players is important for the game to grow here in Ireland aside from the men's competitions, so I'm pleased to be part of that resurgence. It's an exciting time for women's rugby."
Naoupu will make his first appearance as coach next Thursday (August 15) when Galwegians host a Women's Rugby Open Night - an event open to all levels, including beginners.
And not content with expanding its senior player base, Galwegians RFC will also begin underage training sessions from September.