Eddie O’Sullivan was today appointed Ireland coach and will take charge of the national side until the conclusion of the 2004 Six Nations championship. In a statement..
Eddie O’Sullivan was today appointed Ireland coach and will take charge of the national side until the conclusion of the 2004 Six Nations championship. In a statement issued by the IRFU this afternoon, Philip Browne, Chief Executive of the IRFU said: ?Warren Gatland has made a significant contribution since his appointment as Irish team coach in 1998 and the IRFU wishes to record its appreciation of his efforts. Major investment has been made, and continues to be made, in the structures of Irish rugby with a view to further raising the performance levels of our team so that it consistently competes at the highest levels of world rugby.”
“Following on-going and detailed reviews it was agreed that it is in the best interests of all concerned to end the contract with immediate effect. A major factor in the timing of this decision is the importance of having the new coach in place in the lead up to the forthcoming Six Nations Championship and ultimately to maximise preparations for the Rugby World Cup in 2003.?
Gatland himself said in the statement: “I want to thank the players and wish them all the best for the future. I look forward to fulfilling a new challenge in rugby.”
Declan Kidney has been appointed as assistant but will carry on his current position with Munster until the completion of their Celtic League and European Cup commitments. Brian O’Brien will continue as Ireland team manager, also to the conclusion of the Six Nations championship 2004..