Richie Murphy praises quality of backstage staff ahead of Six Nations U20 tilt


Ireland’s Under-20 head coach Richie Murphy has praised his new look behind the scenes as preparations intensify for Six Nations 2022.

Urphy has recruited former Connacht forwards coach Jimmy Duffy, as well as former Ulster and Connacht fullback Willie Faloon and Mark Sexton, brother of Leinster and Irish captain Johnny.

Duffy will oversee the attackers, with Faloon taking care of defense and Sexton taking care of skills, as well as full backs.

Duffy adds a wealth of experience to the setup, while Faloon is currently part of the Ulster Academy structure as an elite performance development agent, with Sexton having recently joined Connacht in a similar role after a playing career. distinguished in the Energia All-Ireland League with St. Mary’s.

“We are very fortunate to have the caliber of a coach and a person in our setup,” said Murphy.

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“Jimmy has been a very experienced coach since his time at Connacht and the guys will learn a lot from him. Willie and Mark are both excellent young coaches and have already integrated very well, adding a lot to the environment.

“We have had two camps in the last few weeks and you can already see the information being passed on to the players and that has been invaluable for the larger squad as we prepare towards 2022. You can see the coaches building a good relationship with the players and that puts us in a good position. “

The Ireland squad are set to meet again in Cork on December 27 ahead of a challenge match against Munster Development at Musgrave Park on December 30.

Ireland are due to start next year’s Six Nations campaign against Wales at Musgrave Park on February 4.


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