# Nigel Carolan

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May 2023
# Irish Abroad
Irish coaches Carolan and Coughlan central to Challenge Cup final
Glasgow and Toulon meet in the decider in Dublin on Friday night.
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# Irish Abroad
'My hope is that the door would be open in Connacht at some stage'
Nigel Carolan has taken on a new challenge as attack coach for the Glasgow Warriors.
# Irish Abroad
Irish coaches abroad add another layer of interest for new URC season
Nigel Carolan, Hugh Hogan, and Noel McNamara moved abroad over the summer.
# off to scotland
Former Connacht coach Nigel Carolan joins Glasgow Warriors to take charge of attack
Carolan spent 26 years as a player and coach with Connacht.
# In Demand
Connacht make approach to sign James Cronin ahead of next season
The western province are looking for an experienced loosehead after Denis Buckley’s injury.
# legacy
'His office had pictures of everyone who had come through the Academy, he was very proud of those fellas'
The inside look at how Nigel Carolan built a lasting legacy at Connacht.
# fresh start
'I'm not looking for better... I'm looking for a challenge' - Carolan explains Connacht exit
The Connacht attack coach says he does not have a new job lined up yet.
# Moving On
'I'd love to come back, and to keep that door open I need to keep relevant'
Connacht attack coach Nigel Carolan is set to leave the province this summer.
# Loss
After the best part of 26 years at Connacht, attack coach Carolan to leave at end of season
Nigel Carolan: ‘I’m at the stage of my coaching career where I need to challenge myself in a new environment and gain new perspectives.’
# Centre of attention
Bundee Aki 'like a man possessed' as Connacht target back-to-back wins
The Ireland centre is fit to face Cardiff Blues but Niall Murray looks set to undergo shoulder surgery.
# Unopen arms
Change of venue can be 'a leveller' but Connacht braced for menacing Cardiff
Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 fixture will be played at Rodney Parade in Newport instead of Cardiff’s Arms Park.
# Irish Abroad
'That was my dream... Munster was and still is the jersey I want to put on one day'
24-year-old second row Ciaran O’Flynn was born and bred near Bordeaux in France.
# reverse
Analysis: Connacht's clever bounce-back attack cuts Bordeaux apart
Attack coach Nigel Carolan has his charges striking superbly from lineout platforms.
# Backroom
Connacht coaching ticket extend contracts to remain at Sportsground until 2021
Andy Friend hailed the ‘exceptional team’ of Carolan, Duffy and Wilkins as Connacht return to top form.
# connective tissue
'They're not my systems': Friend hails Carty and assistants as Connacht click
Connacht’s head coach heaped praise on Nigel Carolan’s attack along with the ‘immense skill-set’ of Jack Carty.
# rugby friend
Optimism abounds as Connacht reboot for the new Friend era
The western province have high hopes they can bounce back after a poor 2017/18 season.
# Taking Stock
'I don't think Jacob is near his potential. What we're seeing at the moment is exciting'
21-year-old Jacob Stockdale has risen swiftly through the ranks to score eight tries in seven games for Ireland.
# commencing hostilities
Carolan honing the tools for Connacht to smash 57-year wait for win in Ulster
The inter-pros are here.
# Bad start
'We didn't fire a shot': Another Connacht loss leaves Keane short of words
But deep in thought.
# feel the blues
Blunt first half paves way for late suffering as Cardiff win in Galway
Darragh Leader’s try and brilliant conversion in the second half looked set to give Connacht a hard-fought win until Willis Halaholo popped up.
# Old friends
Carolan looking forward to battle of wits with former Connacht team-mate Jackman
The western province meet the Dragons at Rodney Parade on Friday evening.
# Connacht Man
Connacht legend Eric Elwood succeeds Carolan as academy manager
The province’s former head coach will play a key developmental role.
# moving up
Carolan a smart addition for Connacht but leaves U20s in promising place
The former Connacht back will be part of Kieran Keane’s coaching staff next season.
# senior call-up
Ireland U20 coach Carolan to join new Connacht coaching ticket
The Galway native will move into the senior coaching box after 13 years in charge of the academy.
# hot prospect
Larmour's outstanding U20 Six Nations shows why Joe Schmidt is a fan
‘You could put Jordan at nine or 10 and he’d probably do as well, he’s just an outstanding player.’
# huge potential
'There is a lot of X-factor in this group': Carolan ranks U20 team as one of Ireland's best
The head coach singled out Jordan Larmour, Oisin Dowling, Caelan Doris and Fineen Wycherley after outstanding performances in the Six Nations so far.
# hot prospect
Munster's Johnston comes through 'dark place' to show promise again
The 20-year-old playmaker was in impressive form on his return for the Ireland U20s.
# 3 out of 3
Ireland U20s hold out after second-half Six Nations scare against France
Nigel Carolan’s men remain second in the table behind England.
# smash and grab
Carolan's U20s make it two wins from two for Ireland in Scotland
Paul Boyle’s late try won it for the visitors at Broadwood Stadium.
# future stars
Three returning players as Leinster's Kelly named Ireland U20 captain
Cillian Gallagher, Johnny McPhillips and John Foley are back from last year.
# nkotb
Ulster breakthrough Lyttle included in Ireland U20 squad for winter trials
Cillian Gallagher returns to the pack after already impressing for Nigel Carolan’s side this year.
# go west young man
4 Ireland U20s welcomed into Connacht academy
Dubliner Adam Leavy has also take up residence in Galway.
# our story
'We believed' - Ireland U20s' journey to the World Championship final in their words
Nigel Carolan’s players and coaches chart their progress into a first-ever U20 final.
# futureisgreen
Carolan believes his young guns can make history and lift world crown
‘We needed to be good and I thought we were superb.’
Ireland v Argentina, World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final
We went minute-by-minute as the Wolfpups tried to sniff out a route to their first final.
Ireland v Georgia, World Rugby U20 Championship
We went minute-by-minute as Nigel Carolan’s men looked to cap a terrific pool stage with a third win.
# dislocated
Blow for Ireland U20s as out-half Johnston heads home injured
Newcastle Falcons man Brett Connon will take his place in the squad.
# watershed moment
Carolan hopes New Zealand win can build confidence in all levels of Irish rugby
The Connacht man admitted he feared the worst before a ‘comfortable’ end TO today’s big win in the World Rugby U20 Championship.
# History makers
Carolan and his U20s mark out their rich potential in landmark win
The likes of James Ryan and Andrew Porter look built for professional rugby.
# futureisgreen
All the tries from Ireland U20s' history-making win over New Zealand
Nigel Carolan’s men delivered a brilliant performance in Manchester.