The IRFU have just announced that John Plumtree will be their new forwards coach.
Here follows the official announcement, courtesy of the official IRFU web site, www.irishrugby.ie.
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) today (31 July) announced the appointment of John Plumtree as Ireland forwards coach.
John (48) joins the Ireland coaching set up, alongside Head Coach Joe Schmidt and Les Kiss, from South African Rugby Union’s Natal Sharks, where he has been head coach since 2008.
From Hawera, New Zealand, John coached Swansea RFC to success in the Welsh League (1998), Cup (1999) and the Welsh – Scottish League (2001) before taking the Wellington Lions to three playoff finals (2003, ’04 and ’06) in the New Zealand NPC, and guiding the Natal Sharks to two Currie Cup victories (2008 and ’10).
John was named South African Coach of the year in 2012. John Plumtree will join the Irish set-up at the start of September.
Commenting on the announcement, Joe Schmidt said: “It’s great to have John joining us as part of the Irish coaching team. His proven success and broad experience across a number of competitions along with his ability to provide quality direction will add real value to the team.”
John Plumtree said: “I am really looking forward to becoming part of the Irish coaching set-up. Having watched a number of recent test matches there are some really positive challenges in front of us. I’m conscious of the responsibility we have and will be working hard to play my part in driving the team forward.”Tweet