The IRFU have announced that Peter Malone will be the Ireland under-20 interim head coach for the upcoming World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Georgia in June.
Peter Malone, Munster Rugby’s Elite Player Development Manager, has been assistant coach to Nigel Carolan with the Ireland Under-20s since 2015.
Kieran Campbell, the Ulster Academy Manager and Ireland Under-19 head coach, has been added to the Ireland Under-20 coaching ticket for the World Rugby U-20 Championship. The coaching structures for the U-20 squad will be reviewed following this summer’s tournament.
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented: “Peter’s experience at this level and knowledge of the player group will provide important continuity ahead of June’s World Rugby U-20 Championship. Kieran will also add a wealth of experience to the coaching group.
“Nigel has done some fantastic work with the U-20s over the past three years including reaching last year’s U-20 Championship final. We are delighted that Connacht have offered him the opportunity to further develop as a coach in a senior role with the provincial side.
“The coaching opportunity with the U-20 squad is an important element in the IRFU’s coach development pathway as it provides our Academy coaches with an outlet to develop and challenge themselves within the international game.”
Ireland have been drawn in Pool B with Italy, New Zealand and Scotland and will play all three of their pool fixtures at the Kutaisi Stadium. Kutaisi is located 230 kilometres west of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.