Former Australian sevens coach Andy Friend to link up with Irish side Connacht

By Murray Wenzel, Murray Wenzel is a Roar Guru

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    Dumped Australian men’s rugby sevens coach Andy Friend will join Irish club Connacht on a three-year deal.

    His contract was not renewed, with Friend replaced by women’s sevens coach Tim Walsh following April’s Commonwealth Games.

    Friend takes over from New Zealander Kieran Keane, who was released by the province earlier this month, less than 12 months into a three-year contract after the club finished their Pro14 campaign with a 7-14 record.

    It will mark another foreign stint for the former Brumbies coach, who has also coached in Japan and with English Premiership side Harlequins.

    He will link with former World Cup-winning Wallaby David Nucifora, himself a former coach of the Brumbies, who currently serves as Irish rugby’s performance director.

    Connacht boast three men – Bundee Aki, Kieran Marmion and Quinn Rouz – in the Irish squad to play three Test against the Wallabies in Australia next month.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • May 25th 2018 @ 9:58am
      Fionn said | May 25th 2018 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      Great news for Friend. Congratulations.

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      May 25th 2018 @ 10:05am
      Ralph said | May 25th 2018 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      Good move Andy.

    • May 25th 2018 @ 1:35pm
      brian said | May 25th 2018 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

      Seems a little strange that Connacht would offer a 3-year deal to a new coach when their last 3-year deal went sour on them. Maybe the Reds executive have been advising them on personnel recruitment.

      • May 25th 2018 @ 2:27pm
        Bakkies said | May 25th 2018 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

        It is standard in Ireland. 2 seasons plus an option of 1 more or a straight three season deal.

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