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Pastures new: Kearney confirmed as new Ireland manager

The ex-Leinster Under-20 official will replace Paul McNaughton in the position.

Kearney was forced to retire from playing rugby at the age of 24, owing to a knee injury.
Kearney was forced to retire from playing rugby at the age of 24, owing to a knee injury.

MICHAEL KEARNEY HAS been confirmed as the new Ireland manager, the RFU announced today.

The move comes following the departure of Paul McNaughton from the role.

Kearney is an ex-Lansdowne player who was forced to retire at the age of 24 as a result of a knee injury.

He has previously managed both the Leinster and Ireland Under-20 teams, helping the latter win the Six Nations crown in 2010.

Speaking on his appointment, Kearney said: ”I am obviously delighted to take up the position as well as honoured to be involved with the team. My focus now is to get up to speed as soon as possible and give whatever support is necessary to Declan, the coaches and players as we head into the championship.”

Ireland coach Declan Kidney also gave his blessing to the appointment, saying: “It’s excellent to have someone of his background to bring his organisational skills to the management group.”

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