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Thu Apr 17 12:17:01 SAST 2014

Ireland look for new scrum coach after England mauling

Reuters | 20 March, 2012 12:580 Comments
England v Ireland - RBS 6 Nations
Chris Robshaw of England controls the scrum during the Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2012 in London, England
Image by: David Rogers / Getty Images

Ireland’s rugby board advertised for the newly established role of high performance scrum coach on Tuesday, just days after the national team’s scrummaging skills were shambolically exposed in a 30-9 Six Nations defeat by England. 

The job, posted on the Leinster and Munster provincial websites, called on applicants with “a complete and thorough understanding of rugby union” to plan, research and constantly evaluate current scrummaging practice.  

Ireland lost scrum after scrum on Saturday and watching television pundits in Dublin even expressed their concern for the safety of replacement tighthead prop Tom Court after the Ulsterman was put under relentless pressure.  

The successful candidate will be chiefly responsible for implementing a new scrum programme at the country’s academies that, despite producing the likes of flyhalf Jonathan Sexton and flanker Sean O’Brien, have had only one major frontrow graduate in the shape of looshead Cian Healy.

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