Declan Kidney was confirmed as the brand new Eire rugby head coach on Could 7,2008.
Kidney was Munster’s director of rugby on the time and his appointment wasdelayed till after that summer season’s tour of New Zealand and Australia, with theIrish province chasing one other Heineken Cup triumph.
Kidney changed Eddie O’Sullivan, who resigned following Eire’s dismal World Cup after which worst ever Six Nations marketing campaign.
Irish Rugby Soccer Union chief govt Philip Browne stated: “Whereas the needto make the appointment as quickly as was practicable was necessary, the IRFU was acutely aware of retaining any disruption to the preparations of the Munster crew to a minimal.
“Declan Kidney’s report speaks for itself and it was apparent from the verybeginning of this course of that he was one of many important contenders to steer Eire to the subsequent Rugby World Cup in 2011.”
Kidney’s appointment was an open secret, and his CV gained one other notableentry when Munster did win a second Heineken Cup title in three years.
Kidney, who had beforehand been assistant to O’Sullivan, stated: “There may be nogreater honour for any coach than to steer his personal nation. I’m delighted tohave this chance and to be right here at what’s the pinnacle of my profession.
“I’ve labored with many distinctive gamers throughout my profession at bothinternational and provincial stage and there’s no doubt that we have now the talentin Eire to achieve success on the highest stage.”
Kidney’s tenure acquired off to the right begin as he led Eire to the SixNations Grand Slam in 2009. They then beat Australia on the 2011 Rugby World Cup earlier than shedding within the quarter-finals to Wales.
In 2012, Eire suffered a report 60-0 loss to New Zealand, and Kidney’scontract was terminated in 2013 after they completed fifth within the Six Nations,together with a loss to Italy.
He’s presently director of rugby at London Irish.