The IRFU have confirmed the interim management of the Ireland senior squad that will play the Barbarians and tour to the Southern Hemisphere this summer.
Former Ireland international and current Connacht director of rugby Michael Bradley will lead the tour as head coach and will also take responsibility for the backs.
Niall O’Donovan is named as forwards coach and is joined by defence coach Graham Steadman. Joey Miles will be tour manager, a role he has also filled for the Ireland ‘A’ side and also the senior side during the tour of Japan in 2005.
The previous team manager Gerard Carmody has moved to the position of IRFU team services manager but will remain with the squad for this tour to manage all team logistics.
The squads for the Barbarians game, the summer tour and the Barclays Churchill Cup will be announced tomorrow (Friday) at 2pm.
IRELAND INTERIM MANAGEMENT TEAM:
Michael Bradley – Head Coach
Niall O’Donovan – Forwards Coach
Joey Miles – Manager
Graham Steadman – Defence Coach
Paul Darbyshire – Fitness & Conditioning Coach
Mervyn Murphy – Video Analyst
Gerard Carmody – Team Services Manager
Gary O’Driscoll – Doctor
Cameron Steele – Physiotherapist
Brian Greene – Physiotherapist
David Revins – Masseur
Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly – Baggage Master