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Pete Malone takes charge of Ireland for this summer's U20 Championship

Munster’s player development manager will take the role on an interim basis for the tournament in Georgia.

ASSISTANT COACH UNDER Nigel Carolan, Pete Malone will take charge of Ireland U20s ahead of the summer World Rugby Championship after the Galway man took up a senior coaching post with Connacht.

The ‘Wolfpuppies’ will begin their summer campaign against Italy on 31 May, with Pool B fixtures against Scotland and New Zealand to follow swiftly in early June.

Malone has been installed as interim head coach for the tournament in Georgia. Ulster academy manager and U19 coach Kieran Campbell has joined the national coaching ticket.

The union’s statement adds that the U20 coaching structure will be reviewed after the summer tournament, while performance director David Nucifora highlighted the valuable exposure that academy coaches can gain from plying their trade i the U20 setup.

“Nigel has done some fantastic work with the U20s over the past three years including reaching last year’s U20 Championship final.  We are delighted that Connacht have offered him the opportunity to further develop as a coach in a senior role with the provincial side

“The coaching opportunity with the U20 squad is an important element in the IRFU’s coach development pathway as it provides our Academy coaches with an outlet to develop and challenge themselves within the international game.”

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