Declan Kidney sacked as Ireland head coach, IRFU confirm

Ireland announce Declan Kidney is leaving his post with immediate effect after the IRFU opted not to offer the head coach a new deal

Ireland have announced they will not be renewing head coach Declan Kidney’s contract, with the 53-year-old leaving his post with immediate effect.

Kidney oversaw Ireland’s fifth place finish in this year’s Six Nations, his fifth participation in the tournament since taking over from Eddie O’Sullivan in 2008.

In his first season Kidney led Ireland to their first Grand Slam in 61 years in 2009 but Ireland won only one game in this year’s Six Nations, their opening match against eventual champions Wales.

And the IRFU have decided to install Les Kiss as the head of this summer’s tour to North America, accompanied by Gert Smal and Anthony Foley.

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said: “We would like to sincerely thank Declan for his commitment to Irish Rugby.

“His contribution and involvement across the spectrum of Irish rugby delivered Under Age, Provincial, Grand Slam and Triple Crown success, and epitomises his passion, belief and commitment to the game.

“With a host of new and emerging talent at every level, and despite the clear challenges ahead, we are confident of securing another world-class coach to work with this talented and ambitious group of players.”

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