Irish gig for Plum

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content on 31 Jul 2013 at 12:27
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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,

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.”


  • Congrats to Plum!

    Anyone know what happened to Gert Smal? Thought he used to be the Irish Forwards Coach

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.07.13 12:31:05 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Congrats Plum, all the best!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.07.13 12:33:10 by Tintin Reply

  • Congratulations John Plumtree. Ireland, your forwards will become one of the best sides in world rugby now!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.07.13 12:33:51 by Morne Haasbroek Reply

  • Congrats to Plum. Im really happy for him and I wish him lots of success.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.07.13 12:39:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Congrats to Plum. Looking forward to seeing how well the Irish forwards do under him. Happy he’s landed a nice gig and I wish him all success in it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.07.13 12:41:51 by StevieS Reply
  • Just goes to show, when you are down and out you never know what is around the corner!
    He will do a great job as a specialist forwards coach, I kind of wish he was still employed in that role with the Sharks…

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.07.13 12:42:24 by neilster Reply

  • Well done John Plumtree! Now your up to International coaching level. One door closes and another opens!

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.07.13 12:50:28 by Caratacus Reply

  • @StevieS (Comment 5) : Especially with all the extra moola in the back pocket.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.07.13 12:56:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : alleged….

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.07.13 13:06:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • God luck Mr Plumtree. I reckon a non- Head Coach role suits you better anyway.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.07.13 13:13:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • and i wonder where JM will go now, how will they compete in their little trophey?

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.07.13 13:13:29 by Dunx Reply

  • He’ll be headcoach before too long…

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.07.13 13:24:09 by MerckZ Reply

  • Good Luck Plum.

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.07.13 13:33:09 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Wow excellent news for JP.
    Congrats and glad too see we will still see you 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.07.13 13:33:29 by Uli Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 1) : I would assume he is taking over Gert’s job.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.07.13 13:38:21 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 15) : I have no doubt he is. I’m just wondering where Gert Smal is headed to now.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.07.13 13:51:11 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 16) : Yea on Wiki it says he had a eye issue…

    “Smal was forced to miss the remainder of the 2012 Six Nations Championship after an eye condition struck him. His temporary replacement was Munster forwards coach Anthony Foley.”

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.07.13 13:52:30 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 17) : Thanks Uli.

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.07.13 13:58:54 by Butchie34 Reply
  • I suspect a specialist coaching position (and some time out of the direct limelight) will do Plum a world of good. Best of luck to him!

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.07.13 14:10:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Well done Plum. All the best. Going back to what you’re good at.

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.07.13 15:24:01 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Settlement was too swift for just a handshake to have taken place. Maybe not 2 years worth but surely a good amount.

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.07.13 16:49:34 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I wonder if BMH would have got the job if he applied? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.07.13 17:17:12 by jonnow Reply

  • @jonnow (Comment 22) : 😈

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.07.13 17:43:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @jonnow (Comment 22) : soft kitty, warm kitty…. 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.07.13 17:48:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Congrats Plum, now give back the “handshake”.

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.07.13 20:32:45 by JD Reply
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  • No doubt Sharks the losers and IRU the winners!!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.08.13 21:14:04 by BBB Reply

  • @BBB (Comment 26) : Dude. Taking hallucinogens and then logging in to SW is not cool.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.08.13 21:30:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • If SARU do not extend Treu’s contract, we should get him as our attack coach.

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.08.13 06:29:00 by GreatSharksays Reply


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