Ireland skipper Jamie Heaslip says Declan Kidney's future is not in player's hands

Last Updated: 21/03/13 10:03pm

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Jamie Heaslip: Frustrated by Ireland's poor display in the Six Nations.

Jamie Heaslip: Frustrated by Ireland's poor display in the Six Nations.

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Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip admits the players will not have a say on Declan Kidney's future as head coach after a disappointing Six Nations campaign.

Kidney has endured fierce criticism and there were calls for him to quit after Ireland's defeat by Italy left them fifth in the tournament table, with a lowest ever world ranking of ninth.

Ewen McKenzie has been put forward as a possible successor for Kidney after confirming he would be leaving his job as Queensland Reds head coach at the end of the season.

Heaslip insists he enjoyed working with the management team, but accepts that important lessons need to be learned if the team is to put this frustrating spell behind them.

"Our experience with the coaching staff, the management staff, the strength and conditioning, the facilities we had was all amazing, everything else going forward is outside of our hands regarding whatever is going to happen," he said.

"There is a sense of frustration from what happened.

"There is a bit of optimism as well because we had such a young squad. In every game we created a lot of different opportunities but we have to learn how to be more clinical with the ball.

"I think we have built a lot with this young team. A lot of experiences have been had. We want the squad to get stronger in the future."

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