Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce a brand new teaching crew for subsequent season.
Starting in 2021-22 Peter Wilkins will transfer to a brand new position of Senior Coach the place he could have major duty for assault. He might be supported by Mossy Lawler who has been appointed Assistant Assault & Expertise Coach, along with Colm Tucker who comes on board as Defence & Forwards Technical Expertise Coach.
A course of to recruit a brand new Forwards Coach can be now at present underway following the announcement of the departure of Jimmy Duffy on the finish of this season.
These modifications will take the whole quantity on the Skilled teaching crew from 4 to five offering Head Coach Andy Good friend with larger protection throughout every of the respective areas of the sport.
All three coaches have signed two-year contracts operating in tandem with Andy Good friend’s not too long ago introduced extension as Head Coach.
Peter Wilkins first joined Connacht as Defence Coach as 2017, having beforehand held the identical position at Edinburgh Rugby for 2 seasons. He arrived at Edinburgh having spent 8 years in Australia, the place he first started work at Queensland Reds as Efficiency Analyst, shifting by means of the ranks to change into Expertise Coach after which Defence Coach on the membership, in addition to Head Coach of the ‘A’ facet.
Mossy Lawler joined Connacht as a coach in 2014 after a profitable taking part in profession with Munster and Wasps. Lawler made 65 appearances for the province between 2001 and 2008, profitable two Heineken Cups within the course of. He has spent the final six years as Elite Participant Growth Officer within the Connacht Academy and 4 years as Head Coach for the Connacht Eagles.
At worldwide stage he has served as Assault Coach of the Eire U18 Faculties and Head Coach of the Eire U19s.
Colm Tucker joined Connacht in 2015 as Coach Growth Officer earlier than shifting to the position of Provincial Expertise Coach 12 months later and subsequently as Elite Participant Growth Officer, working primarily with the forwards within the Connacht Academy and as Forwards and Defence Coach for the Connacht Eagles.
Throughout that point he was Head Coach of the Connacht U18s that received the 2018 Interprovincial Championship – a primary in 10 years for the province. He was additionally Coach of the Eire Golf equipment & Faculties crew for 3 years, Assistant Coach to the Eire U19s, and Assistant Coach to the Eire U20s 2019-21.
Between them Tucker and Lawler have been instrumental within the improvement of the numerous Connacht Academy gamers who’ve moved as much as the Skilled squad in recent times.
Commenting on as we speak’s announcement, Head Coach Andy Good friend says:
“That is actually thrilling improvement for Connacht Rugby. Firstly with Peter as our new Senior Coach we’ve got somebody who has been an important a part of the teaching crew since my arrival. Pete has an unbelievable data of the sport and has constructed up a wealth of expertise throughout the PRO14 and Tremendous Rugby. I do know he’ll thrive in his new position of implementing methods throughout various areas of our programme.
I’m equally happy to welcome Colm and Mossy into our teaching setup from subsequent season. I’ve all the time believed in sturdy integration between the Professional and Academy environments, so we’ve been working carefully collectively the previous few years. Like Nigel and Jimmy earlier than them once they first grew to become Professional coaches, they’ve labored their approach by means of the teaching ranks right here and have performed a serious half within the improvement of the numerous younger gamers we’ve got in our squad. Their appointments will enable for even larger continuity as we proceed to develop our homegrown expertise.
We’ve additionally began the method of recruiting a brand new Forwards Coach so I’m very excited by what we as a training crew can obtain within the years forward.”
CONNACHT RUGBY COACHING TEAM 2021-2023
Andy Good friend – Head Coach
Peter Wilkins – Senior Coach
Mossy Lawler – Assistant Assault & Expertise Coach
Colm Tucker – Defence & Forwards Technical Expertise Coach
TBC – Forwards Coach