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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Plum' job for seasoned kiwi

'Positive challenges for Ireland ahead': Plumtree

John Plumtree celebrates Natal Sharks' Currie Cup victory over Western Province. Picture: Howard Cleland / SPORTSFILE
John Plumtree celebrates Natal Sharks' Currie Cup victory over Western Province. Picture: Howard Cleland / SPORTSFILE

John Plumtree, the 2012 South African Coach of the Year, will be the Ireland Forwards Coach.

"I am really looking forward to becoming part of the Irish coaching set-up. Having watched a number of recent test matches there are some really positive challenges in front of us," voiced Plumtree.

"I'm conscious of the responsibility we have and will be working hard to play my part in driving the team forward."

 

VISION

Head coach Joe Schmidt scoured the southern hemisphere for a man who shares his vision of how the game should be played and he has come up with the well-travelled, 48-year-old fellow New Zealander.

"It's great to have John joining us as part of the Irish coaching team," said Schmidt.

"His proven success and broad experience across a number of competitions, along with his ability to provide quality direction will add real value to the team."

Indeed, Plumtree started out by coaching Swansea to the Welsh League in 1998, the Welsh Cup in 1999 and the Welsh & Scottish League in 2001.

From there, the call of home drew him to the Wellington Lions where he took the club to three National Provincial Championship finals in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

 

EMBRACE

His willingness to embrace new challenges was further enhanced by a move to the Natal Sharks where the Currie Cup was captured in 2008 and 2010.

Overall, he coached Natal to four Currie Cup finals in five years and one Super 14 final before being deemed surplus to requirements for a sub-standard Super 15 impact this season.

In his playing career, he was something of a nomad, representing Taranaki and Hawkes Bay in New Zealand and Natal in South Africa, where he would eventually return as their coach.

Plumtree will arrive in Dublin in early September.

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