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# john-plumtree - Thursday 19 December, 2019

Former Ireland assistant coaches brought in to work under new All Blacks boss

John Plumtree and Greg Feek will work under new coach Ian Foster.

# john-plumtree - Wednesday 7 March, 2018

Ex-Ireland forwards coach, former Munster star to take over at Super Rugby's Hurricanes

John Plumtree and Jason Holland will lead the New Zealand franchise from 2019 onwards.

# john-plumtree - Tuesday 27 June, 2017

'Joe's going through these little towns and country roads and we're sh**ting ourselves'

Hurricanes coach John Plumtree has fond memories of his 10-month stint with Ireland.

# john-plumtree - Wednesday 2 November, 2016

'If I look back on that 10 months, it was a breath of fresh air for my coaching'

John Plumtree says he learned important lessons from working alongside Joe Schmidt.

# john-plumtree - Tuesday 25 October, 2016

Inside the Hurricanes, current champions of Super Rugby

John Plumtree and Jason Holland told us about the Canes’ philosophy and their role in New Zealand rugby.

# john-plumtree - Monday 10 October, 2016

Why are the All Blacks so dominant? We travelled to New Zealand to find out

We launch a major multi-media series as Murray Kinsella journeys to the heart of a national obsession.

# john-plumtree - Thursday 2 July, 2015

The teams for the Super Rugby final are littered with major attacking quality

The Canes and Highlanders have both named unchanged teams for what should be an absorbing contest.

# john-plumtree - Thursday 9 April, 2015

Munster cult hero Holland will be coaching in Super Rugby from next year

Jason Holland will be working alongside John Plumtree at the Hurricanes.

# john-plumtree - Friday 3 April, 2015

The Hurricanes scored a sensational try-of-the-season contender this morning

Sit back and enjoy this beautiful score.

# john-plumtree - Friday 4 July, 2014

Lack of speculation suggests Simon Easterby is odds-on to join Ireland coaching team

Former Connacht and Wolfhounds hooker Adrian Flavin suggests Dan McFarland may be another option to replace John Plumtree.

# john-plumtree - Thursday 12 June, 2014

Analysis: Loss of Plumtree a major blow for Ireland but O'Connell can cope

We use GIFs, videos and screenshots to look at Ireland’s maul and line-out against Argentina.

# john-plumtree - Monday 2 June, 2014

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Plumtree confident Irish pack is in good shape as he prepares for last tour

The departing forwards coach is returning to live in New Zealand after eight years away from home.

# john-plumtree - Friday 21 March, 2014

Analysis: How did Ireland win the Six Nations? (Part 1)

Using videos and GIFs, we’ve examined some of the elements that went into Joe Schmidt’s men being crowned champions.

# john-plumtree - Sunday 16 March, 2014

Devin Toner enjoying 'cool feeling' after Ireland's pack power to Six Nations success

The Leinster lock has been almost ever-present for Ireland this season and is playing the finest rugby of his career.

# john-plumtree - Saturday 15 March, 2014

4 key tactical areas for Ireland to rule at the Stade de France

The set-piece will be vital against France, as will holding onto the ball and the impact of the bench.

# john-plumtree - Friday 14 March, 2014

French clash is about more than O'Driscoll's farewell, say focused Ireland

Blindside flanker Peter O’Mahony and forwards coach John Plumtree insist that their focus is on the team effort.

# john-plumtree - Thursday 6 March, 2014

'We've gathered some real respect from the other teams' - John Plumtree

The Ireland forwards coach is calling on his pack to finish off the Six Nations with two more powerful performances.

# john-plumtree - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Jack McGrath ready for Six Nations start after excelling in scrummaging practice

The 24-year-old loosehead prop has been impressive off the bench and in training for Ireland.

Sexton comes through Ireland training unscathed but O'Mahony remains a concern

Forwards coach John Plumtree is positive over the out-half’s involvement this weekend, but O’Mahony is still a doubt.

# john-plumtree - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Heaslip: 'You've got to learn from your mistakes and fail better'

The Ireland No. 8 is focusing on positives as Ireland prepare for the closing stages of the Six Nations.

# john-plumtree - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Ireland's maul 'not a nuclear bomb yet' but the signs are good

Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree gives a little insight into the theory behind the maul.

# john-plumtree - Sunday 2 February, 2014

The 4 vital areas for Ireland’s forwards to dominate this afternoon

Forwards coach John Plumtree discusses his men’s prospects at the breakdown, scrum, line-out and in the last 20 minutes.

# john-plumtree - Saturday 1 February, 2014

O'Mahony: 'Whatever way you look at it, we're coming off the back of a loss'

John Plumtree is excited about the challenge that faces his forwards.

# john-plumtree - Thursday 21 November, 2013

‘Less talk and more action’ for Ireland against the All Blacks

Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree says his pack has promised to do their talking on the pitch.

# john-plumtree - Saturday 16 November, 2013

Rory Best hitting his marks again after cruel summer Down Under

Rory Best hitting his marks again after cruel summer Down Under

The Ulster hooker was one of Ireland’s top three performers against Samoa last weekend.

# john-plumtree - Friday 15 November, 2013

Losing to Ireland would be a disaster for Australia says Plumtree

The Kiwi forwards coach believes Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie will have his troops charged for battle.

# john-plumtree - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

Gone fishin': John Plumtree puts Ireland forwards through their paces with a big net

While Keano checks out the pitch in Malahide, the rugby lads crack out the telescopic nets at Carton house.

# john-plumtree - Monday 11 November, 2013

O'Brien and O'Connell raring to go as Plumtree praises Irish pack

The Kiwi forwards coach was delighted with the solid setpiece work of his charges.

Fitzgerald and Jennings called up as Ireland rule out Earls and Henry

Jonathan Sexton is available for weekend selection as are Paul O’Connell and Sean O’Brien.

# john-plumtree - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Back to basics for Ireland at the line-out

Kiwi forwards coach John Plumtree has been working the Irish players’ most fundamental skills.

# john-plumtree - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Samoan pack poses mammoth challenge for Plumtree and Ireland

The Kiwi forwards coach is aware of the power Samoa will bring now that they are playing as a team.

# john-plumtree - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

5 things Ireland must do in the November tests

Here are five of the essential goals for Ireland in the games against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.

# john-plumtree - Thursday 1 August, 2013

Scrum coach still to come for Ireland 'when we need it' -- Plumtree

Ireland’s new forwards coach expects to have some help with the set-piece.

# john-plumtree - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Plumtree appointed forwards coach as Schmidt puts his mark on Ireland

The arrival of the former Natal Sharks coach means there will be no place for Anthony Foley.