# Defence Coach

Last year
# Irish Abroad
'It has gone in the blink of an eye. English is nearly my second language'
Toulon forwards coach James Coughlan is heading into his ninth season in French rugby.
# Homecoming
Denis Leamy set to return to Munster as part of Rowntree's coaching team
The latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra involved a chat on Munster’s possible coaching team.
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# New Job
Gustard handed role at Benetton after Harlequins exit
The ex-England defence coach’s time as head of rugby at the Premiership club ended last week.
# Knowledge
Leinster's Lancaster would be an ideal addition for the Lions next year
The 50-year-old has enjoyed helping young players like Ryan Baird and Harry Byrne to develop.
# Irish Abroad
Connacht legend Muldoon to step up as forwards coach at Bristol under Lam
The 36-year-old Irishman joined the Premiership club as defence coach last year.
# Snooping
'Good luck to them' - England don't see any advantage in spying on training
Defence coach John Mitchell understands the pressure the All Blacks come under from home.
# Munster
'The one thing that stood out was the stag... The stag stands its ground'
South African coach JP Ferreira has been in charge of stingy Munster defence this season.
# Mix it up
Eddie Jones' England bring in experienced John Mitchell as defence coach
The former All Blacks head coach is an intriguing appointment a year out from the World Cup.
# The Natural
'He's been coaching for two years in our environment': Schmidt excited to bring Payne's influence to Oz
The head coach has long viewed the Ulster man as an invaluable presence on the field, so his off-field presence will be more than welcome approaching the first Test against the Wallabies.
# big loss
England defence coach Gustard steps down to take Harlequins job
The former Leicester, London Irish and Saracens flanker will leave Eddie Jones’ backroom staff 15 months out from the World Cup.
# Old friends
John Muldoon to link up with Pat Lam again as Bristol's defence coach
The Connacht legend is moving straight into professional coaching after he retires from playing.
# Lions
'Joe is the boss' - Farrell has no say in Ireland's defence coach plans for Japan
The Englishman has been appointed as Lions defence coach for the 2017 tour of New Zealand.
# faz
Ireland's Andy Farrell confirmed as Lions assistant coach
Steve Borthwick is forwards coach and Rob Howley will oversee the attack.
# Philosophy
'If you try to run before you can walk, you end up standing for nothing'
Andy Farrell continues to push his defensive thinking forward.
# d
Leinster 'make progress' on defence coach as Cullen cools Mike Ford link
The Leinster boss reckons eight or nine teams could win the Pro12 this season.
# Appointments
Munster confirm signing of highly-rated Nienaber as Jones joins coaching staff
Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’ coaching team for next season has been confirmed.
# mentality
'You get one opportunity in your career to create history that's so special'
Andy Farrell made an impressive media debut at the Aviva Stadium yesterday.
# specialist
'I love working with him' - Leinster appreciating McQuilkin influence
The former Ireland international has made a major impact on his return to the eastern province.
# Notorious
Andy Farrell not a popular or expected appointment, just a more than qualified one
The former England assistant brings plenty of high-profile baggage, but will be working in a completely different environment.
# d
'Tries will win the World Cup,' but Ireland target defensive security
Les Kiss says he and Joe Schmidt have given the players ‘solid and stern’ feedback.
Analysis: Ronan O'Gara's defence lifting Racing to new heights
The former Munster and Ireland out-half is excelling in his duties at Racing Métro.
# long haul
Ronan O'Gara set to sign up with Racing Métro until 2016
The former Munster out-half looks set to take up the responsibilities for the Top 14 side’s defence next season.
# the outsider
Reports in Wales linking Shaun Edwards to Ireland head coach job
The Englishman has won 11 trophies in 12 years with Wasps and Wales.
# Rugby
Simon Easterby gets new role at Scarlets