Prev Game: International Match Sat 14th Jun

prev game - Ireland
team 1 score team 2
Argentina 17 - 23 Ireland

Next Game: International Match Sat 8th Nov

next game - Ireland
team 1 score team 2
Ireland 17:00 South Africa

Former Australia hooker David Nucifora to become IRFU's high performance director

Last Updated: 01/04/14 11:01am

  • Share:
David Nucifora: Worked with Joe Schmidt at the Blues in 2006

David Nucifora: Worked with Joe Schmidt at the Blues in 2006

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Former Wallabies hooker David Nucifora is expected to be installed as the Irish Rugby Football Union's high performance director later this week.

The 52-year-old's appointment should be formally confirmed once the future of European club rugby is resolved.

The IRFU is understood to be keen to tie up the negotiations on the competition to replace the Heineken Cup before completing the formalities on Nucifora's new role.

Former Brumbies and Blues front-rower Nucifora will assume a post designed in part to ease some of Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt's workload, and he will travel to Argentina for their two-Test tour in June.

Nucifora's wide-ranging remit will be to take an overview on the professional game in Ireland, ensuring performance standards and helping maintain and expand the depth of top-level talent.

Appointment

The two-cap Australia forward's appointment will not affect the make-up of Schmidt's backroom staff, with the roles of assistant coach Les Kiss and forwards specialist John Plumtree remaining unchanged.

The IRFU hope this appointment will allow Schmidt to focus yet more intently on Ireland's long drive towards Rugby World Cup 2015.

Ireland face Argentina in Resistencia on June 7 and again in Tucuman on June 14.

Schmidt's side have 10 full-blown Tests before the 2015 World Cup in England, and Nucifora's addition to the IRFU set-up should allow the New Zealander total focus on the job of preparing Ireland's World Cup assault.

Schmidt worked as Nucifora's assistant at the Blues in Super Rugby in 2006 and will have ratified the IRFU's move.

After coaching the Brumbies and the Blues, Nucifora assumed the role of general manager in the ARU's high performance unit.

Nucifora resigned his ARU post in December 2012, closely following managing director and chief executive John O'Neill's exit.

  • Share:

Related

Most Popular

Features

English Rose

English Rose

The values of English rugby were underlined on Monday as they launched their new kit in association with Canterbury.

Hard Yarde

Hard Yarde

Marland Yarde gives Sky Sports the inside track on England's second Test defeat to the All Blacks.

High Stakes

High Stakes

Ahead of England's tour to New Zealand, Joe Launchbury speaks to Sky Sports.