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Connacht promote from within to fill forwards coaching vacancy

The former Connacht back row replaces Dan McFarland who has moved on to Glasgow Warriors.

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CONNACHT RUGBY HAVE today appointed Jimmy Duffy as their new forwards coach.

Duffy replaces the long-standing Dan McFarland who was recruited by Guinness Pro12 champions Glasgow Warriors for next season.

The new forwards coach has been employed by the western province since 2009, acting first as coach of the under 18-19 sides and coach development officer.

In 2011, Duffy was installed as elite player development officer and has also operated as coach of the under and as assistant coach for Connacht Eagles and Ireland under 18 clubs.

Duffy earned 20 caps for Connacht and also represented Ireland under 21s, combined provinces, Barbarians and Ireland A.

“When I first arrived at Connacht,” says head coach Pat Lam, “I was extremely impressed with the coaching ability and commitment of Jimmy. I could see why he has been a key figure in our academy, in developing talented rugby players and young leaders.

“He will bring both strong technical coaching skills and authentic leadership qualities that will have a real impact as we continue to build and progress as a young squad. I’m delighted that he will be joining the Pro team and he will be an excellent addition to our coaching group.”

While CEO Willie Ruane praised the former back row as another feature of their their ‘ Grassroots to Green Shirts vision,’ Duffy himself was looking forward to contributing to Connacht’s ‘next step’ after this season’s commendable on-field progress.

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“It is a new challenge for me and one I am hugely looking forward to.

“There is real ambition and belief in Connacht Rugby and the current squad. I want to make my contribution and support Pat [Lam] and the rest of the management team in taking the next step forward.”

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