Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are thrilled to announce the appointments of Andrew Browne and Mark Sexton to the roles of Elite Participant Growth Officer (EPDO).
As an EPDO, Browne and Sexton will handle and function the elite participant improvement programmes within the Connacht Academy. Their appointments come after the announcement that EPDOs Mossy Lawler and Colm Tucker will transfer to the Skilled teaching group from the 2021-22 season.
Andrew Browne is a well-recognized face to Connacht Rugby supporters, having represented the province 156 occasions throughout an 11 12 months profession after coming by way of the Connacht Academy pathway. A Galway native and a member of Galwegians RFC, Browne was a member of the squad that gained the 2015-16 Guinness PRO12.
Since ending his profession in 2018 Browne has gained useful teaching expertise, performing as Head Coach for Galwegians RFC and Assistant Coach to the Connacht U19s.
Mark Sexton joins Connacht Rugby following a few years’ expertise as a participant and coach in Eire. He’s presently assault and backs coach for Leinster U19s, St. Mary’s RFC and St. Mary’s School SCT. He loved a distinguished taking part in profession at St. Mary’s RFC additionally, taking part in within the AIL for 10 years and successful a Division 1 title in 2012.
Commenting on as we speak’s announcement, Connacht Rugby Academy Supervisor Eric Elwood says:
“I’m delighted to welcome Andrew and Mark to Connacht Rugby and to our Academy group. They’re two younger coaches who’ve performed the sport at a excessive degree and have change into college students of the sport, gaining useful teaching expertise with colleges, golf equipment, and Age Grade groups of their provinces. I’m very a lot wanting ahead to working with these two extremely motivated people and I’ve little question they’ll add nice worth to the environment at Connacht Rugby.”
Peter Smyth, Head of Elite Participant Growth on the IRFU says:
“It’s nice to get one other two younger coaches appointed to vital pathway positions. They’ve garnered expertise within the membership and colleges sport in addition to with provincial consultant groups. Their expertise of working with younger gamers and their information of the membership and colleges panorama can be useful of their new roles.”