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Goodman takes on new role with Ireland

Goodman takes on new role with Ireland

All BlacksDecember 20, 2023

Former Tasman player and coach and Crusaders assistant coach Andrew Goodman has been appointed Ireland's backs coach.

He will take up the position when former England fullback Mike Catt retires from the role after Ireland tours South Africa in July.

Goodman has signed on for three years until the end of the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

Goodman has been working as a back coach for Leinster, a side he also played 17 games for between 2012-14. He also worked with Samoa at the Rugby World Cup earlier this year.

Goodman told the Irish Times: "This has been a very difficult decision to make in one way because I have loved coming back to Leinster, a team that I loved playing with, and a team that I love coaching.

"The opportunity to test yourself at the very highest level is something I have loved doing with Samoa in the last few years, and now this challenge has come up with Ireland, and it's one I am excited about.

"It's a chance to work with one of the best teams in the world and with some of the best coaches and players in the world, and it was one I couldn't turn down.

"I look forward to getting stuck into that when the time is right and building on the great work that Andy Farrell and the other coaches have done to now. But, until then, I want to continue doing my best for this club [Leinster] and this group of players and the supporters we have."

Ireland Rugby's performance director, David Nucifora, said, "He brings a wealth of experience of the Irish and international systems and has packed a significant amount into a relatively young coaching career. His familiarity with the system here, coupled with his knowledge of the global game, will add to our environment."

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