Garryowen had some season in 2006/07 as can be seen by their trophy haul, and the Limerick club are hoping to continue this success with the appointment of a Technical Director.
Garryowen FC have announced the appointment of Greig Oliver as Technical Director for the club. Greig will have responsibility for the technical and skills development of all teams and coaches with particular emphasis on the enhancement of the already successful Academy.
The 2006/7 senior team, which won the Munster Senior Cup, AIB Cup and were crowned AIB League Division One champions included, no fewer than 11 players from the Dooradoyle Academy.
Greig was previously Rugby Development Manager and National Academy Coach for Borders in Scotland. He also held the position of National Academy Coach for Edinburgh. He coached the Scotland Under-20 squad in 2006/7 and Scotland Under-21 squad from 2003 to 2006. The Hawick clubman was capped at senior and U-21 level for Scotland. He represented Scotland in two World Cups and also played for the Barbarians.
His club Hawick were four-time Scottish National League champions and six-time Border League champions. He coached Hawick to win two BT Premierships in 2001 and 2002 and also the BT Cup in 2002, following which he was voted Scottish Premiership Coach of the Year.
Garryowen’s Chairman of Rugby Philip Danaher welcomed the news and reinforced the desire to continue the development of the club’s Academy for which Tom Comyns will continue as Strength and Agility Coach.
Danaher, the former Irish international, also made reference to the innovative developments being carried out on the grounds and facilities at Dooradoyle.
It was also announced that Dara O’Sullivan and Ray Egan will take over the coaching reins for the 1st XV from Paul Cunningham and Killian Keane.