Ireland seek scrum coach

2012-03-21 18:08

Dublin - Just days after Ireland suffered a mauling from the English pack in a 30-9 win to close off their respective Six Nations campaigns; the Irish Rugby Football Union has invited applications for a high performance scrum coach, to ensure that the academies throughout the Emerald Isle begin to churn out international class front row forwards.
According to the website, Ireland have been unable to establish a solid production line for their Test props, with the side reliant on the services of John Haye at tighthead for over a decade.

When the double Munster centurion retired in December 2011, playing his last Test against Scotland in Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up, it wasn’t considered a tragedy as Mike Ross stepped into the breach, while the presence of Cian Healy - man of the match in Ireland’s 15-6 win over the Wallabies at Eden Park during the quadrennial tournament - ensured that the Irish scrum was capable.

But depth behind their pillars has been found wanted, and when Ross left the field at Twickenham over the weekend, Ulster prop Tom Court was given a torrid time by the English front row of Alex Corbiserio, Dylan Hartley and Dan Cole.

The role has been posted on Leinster and Munster club websites - calling on the successful applicant to have “a complete and thorough understanding of rugby union” to ensure that scrums in Ireland are strong.

While Ireland’s development system has yielded the likes of Healy, as well as last season’s Heineken Cup player of the year Sean O’Brien and Leinster magician Jonathan Sexton, the development of grizzled front rowers has stagnated in recent times.

The All Blacks have had the services of the scrum guru Mike Cron over recent years, while former Test coach Sir Graham Henry is currently travelling around the kiwi franchises spreading his considerable wisdom.