Ireland lengthen Andy Farrell’s contract to close down England hypothesis | Ireland rugby union crew

Andy Farrell has signed a two-year contract extension to stick as Ireland head trainer till 2025.

Irish chiefs have moved to tie down Farrell past the 2023 World Cup, with the previous dual-code world’s inventory having shot up after the summer time’s historical Test sequence win in New Zealand.

English supremo Bill Sweeney handiest ultimate week admitted Farrell stays “very highly regarded” on the RFU with the quest underway for Eddie Jones’ successor. But now the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has moved hastily to close down any communicate of Farrell returning to England by means of extending the 47-year-old’s contract.

Performance director David Nucifora admitted the IRFU was once mindful that Farrell could be in call for somewhere else in hailing the Ireland boss’ prolonged phrases.

“Andy is one of the outstanding coaches in world rugby and his work in leading the transition within the national team since the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been exceptional,” stated Nucifora.

“Ireland are currently the number one ranked team in the world, an incredibly tough five-match tour of New Zealand was a success on several levels and a Triple Crown was secured in the 2022 Six Nations Championship.

“A coach of Andy’s calibre is always going to be in high demand, and we are delighted that he has agreed to extend his contract with the IRFU. This new deal, agreed prior to the tour of New Zealand, allows us to plan beyond the 2023 Rugby World Cup with the certainty that one of the top coaching talents in the game is spearheading the national programme.”

Irish bosses have constructed within the alternative to increase Farrell’s contract nonetheless additional as a part of the brand new deal.

“I am happy to extend my contract with Irish Rugby for a further two years,” stated Farrell. “As a group we have made it clear that we are building towards the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and we have taken some decent strides in that regard in recent months.

“Ahead of the tour to New Zealand myself and David Nucifora looked at the opportunities and challenges facing the national squad after the tournament in France. I am excited about continuing to work with the group and with the next generation of Irish international players.”

Farrell left his assistant function with England after the 2015 World Cup, the place Stuart Lancaster additionally paid together with his activity for his aspect changing into the worst-performing host country in match historical past.

The former Wigan and Saracens powerhouse changed into Ireland defence trainer in 2016 underneath Joe Schmidt, succeeding the embellished Kiwi after the 2019 World Cup. Ireland have climbed to the highest of the sector scores by means of distinctive feature in their shocking 2-1 Test sequence win in New Zealand this summer time, a maiden sequence win over the All Blacks clear of house.

“I am delighted to confirm that Andy Farrell has accepted a two-year contract extension as the head coach of our men’s international team which will keep him at the helm of that team until at least August 2025, and there is an option to extend the contract further, based on a number of mutually agreed performance markers,” stated IRFU leader government Kevin Potts.

“Andy is one of the finest coaches in the world, he has brought our game to new heights and has the team playing a brand of rugby that excites, entertains, and engages people, while, critically, producing winning results.

“I would like to thank our performance director David Nucifora for his work in negotiating this extension with Andy. I thank Andy for the exceptional impact he has had on Ireland’s performances to date, as we look forward to the year ahead, which will of course include the Rugby World Cup in France.”

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