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#David Nucifora

# david-nucifora - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

'Rugby Australia should be mortgaging the bank and the house to get David Nucifora back'

Former Wallabies hooker Brendan Cannon believes the IRFU’s High Performance Director should be snapped up by Australia.

# david-nucifora - Thursday 25 October, 2018

'We felt it was a really strong case to align the professional and the club game' AIL

'We felt it was a really strong case to align the professional and the club game'

The IRFU had hoped to restructure the All-Ireland League into two top divisions.

# david-nucifora - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

IRFU confident Ireland's success is sustainable even if Schmidt leaves

The Ireland head coach’s current contract expires after the 2019 World Cup.

Two World Cup semi-finals the key target of IRFU's new strategic plan

The union also wants to see the four provinces producing more talent.

# david-nucifora - Friday 31 August, 2018

Ireland Women to face England in second November Test

After declining an invitation to tour Australia in June, the IRFU has confirmed the autumn schedule.

# david-nucifora - Saturday 25 August, 2018

Murray and Stander among speakers at Irish rugby's first U18 inter-pro festival

The IRFU’s Eoin Hogan explains what has been involved in the inaugural festival at UL.

# david-nucifora - Wednesday 15 August, 2018

Irish provinces' emerging players to feature in new Celtic Cup

The seven-week competition essentially replaces the disbanded British & Irish Cup.

# david-nucifora - Thursday 21 June, 2018

IRFU to consider players with doping history on a case-by-case basis

‘You look into the circumstances and weigh up the individual, then you make a decision.’

'The Elton Jantjies thing didn't make sense. We still hope there's an Irish option'

The IRFU expect Dan McFarland to be in charge at Ulster ahead of the new season.

# david-nucifora - Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Nucifora wary of provincial 'parochialism' as Irish rugby looks to move forward

The IRFU’s performance director sat down for a briefing with the Irish rugby media in Sydney yesterday.

IRFU says dates on offer in Australia 'didn't fit with the women's plan'

The union turned down an invitation of a three-Test tour Down Under this month.

'There’s a decent chance that he'll stay' - IRFU hope Schmidt will re-sign

The Ireland head coach’s current contract expires after the 2019 World Cup.

'I don't think anything is ever forever, who knows what could happen?'

IRFU boss David Nucifora hasn’t ruled out a return to Ireland for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

# david-nucifora - Monday 4 June, 2018

Ireland's achievements at London 7s are the latest step in a laudable rise

The journey began back in 2015 but has now moved onto a new level.

# david-nucifora - Saturday 2 June, 2018

'One thing's for sure - we are desperately keen for Ulster to be strong'

Joe Schmidt and the IRFU understand that Ulster need an out-half

# david-nucifora - Monday 28 May, 2018

Jared Payne to take up coaching position with Ulster after head injury forces retirement

The 32-year-old will travel with Ireland on their tour to Australia to work with the national coaches as part of his development.

# david-nucifora - Thursday 24 May, 2018

Connacht appoint ex-Quins coach Andy Friend on three-year contract

The 49-year-old former Australia Sevens coach will arrive in the western province next month to oversee pre-season training.

# david-nucifora - Friday 18 May, 2018

Friend and Dobson emerge as contenders for Connacht head coach job

The Australian and South African have both built up strong CVs.

# david-nucifora - Monday 23 April, 2018

'We're not in the business of hoarding players, we're here to develop players'

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty says neither Ross Byrne or Joey Carbery will be forced to leave the province against their will.

# david-nucifora - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

World Cup a primary focus for Ireland men's 7s after Hong Kong heartbreak

The Irish side will have to wait until next season for another shot at qualifying for the World Series.

# david-nucifora - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

'Most guys get the shit kicked out of them': IRFU welfare system now more valuable than ever

David Nucifora is ready for a busy autumn of negotiating player contracts, but the in-built player management programme is a trump card to keep players with Irish provinces.

'New Zealand did everything they possibly could to get Joe Schmidt back'

David Nucifora says ‘there was a lot of pressure’ from New Zealand in an effort to tempt Ireland’s head coach away last year.

# david-nucifora - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

'It might be for some and it might not be for others - nobody's trying to nail Munster'

The coach says he’s confident that his pending departure won’t lead to a loss of focus in his players.

# david-nucifora - Saturday 13 May, 2017

The IRFU is serious about bringing in Irish-qualified talent from around the world

Joe Lydon explains what he’ll be doing as head of the union’s new IQ Rugby programme.

# david-nucifora - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

Ex-Ireland centre Maggs joins as IRFU launch new IQ programme in UK

The highly-regarded Joe Lydon, formerly of the RFU and WRU, will oversee the new branch.

# david-nucifora - Sunday 12 March, 2017

From the NFL Combine to Irish rugby: Winkelman may be IRFU's smartest hire

The union’s Director of Athletic Performance and Science told us about the work he’s doing behind the scenes.

# david-nucifora - Thursday 22 December, 2016

'No one is irreplaceable' - Nucifora discusses search for Pat Lam's successor

The IRFU’s Performance Director will be central to the appointment of Connacht’s next head coach.

# david-nucifora - Thursday 15 December, 2016

Earls a doubt for Munster's trip to Leicester as Rassie mulls Taute issue

The South African is looking forward to coaching Francis Saili into his back-line.

# david-nucifora - Friday 4 November, 2016

Better coaches, basic skills, 7s, more Exiles - the IRFU's plans for development

The union’s performance director, David Nucifora, explains the latest goings-on in the development pathway.

# david-nucifora - Friday 28 October, 2016

Nucifora insists Ireland are simply playing by the three-year residency rule

The IRFU performance director says there is more good news to come on the contracting front.

'Everything is being looked at' - IRFU open to private investment in provinces

Performance director David Nucifora is content with third-party money funding new contracts.

# david-nucifora - Wednesday 22 June, 2016

Nucifora: Ireland's performance at World U20 Championship a huge boost

The IRFU performance director flew from South Africa to Manchester for Monday’s semi-final.

# david-nucifora - Tuesday 7 June, 2016

'All you can do once they qualify is start judging them on performance'

IRFU performance director David Nucifora says Ireland are playing by the rules.

# david-nucifora - Thursday 2 June, 2016

IRFU looking to ID best talent from age of 15 as Nucifora plans for future

The IRFU performance director feels earlier intervention can produce better professionals.

# david-nucifora - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

Paul O'Connell has been talking to the IRFU about his coaching future

The 36-year-old former lock has been in discussions with the union.

'It's up to Leinster and Leo to ask for help if they think that’s required'

IRFU performance director David Nucifora indicated that Cullen ‘possibly’ requires experience around him.

# david-nucifora - Monday 28 December, 2015

Here's the full transcript from David Nucifora's Aviva Stadium media briefing

The Australian performance director answered questions about NIQ signings, Robbie Henshaw and more.

# david-nucifora - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

Nucifora addresses foreign signings as World Cup disappointment lingers

The IRFU’s performance director says he has no doubt the provinces can remain competitive in Europe.

'Connacht are putting their best foot forward to be able to keep Robbie'

David Nucifora says that Ian Madigan would be at a disadvantage by moving to France.

IRFU chief David Nucifora says he didn't block Munster's move for Moore

The Australian performance director suggested the IRFU and Munster’s valuations of the hooker were some way apart.

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