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Published: 15:59 | 6/1/16

Farrell joins Ireland set-up

He will become defence coach after the RBS Six Nations

Andy Farrell will join the Ireland backroom team as defence coach after the RBS 2016 Championship.

Farrell was England's assistant coach from 2011 to 2015 but left his position with the Rugby Football Union following Eddie Jones' appointment as head coach. Previously he worked with Aviva Premiership side Saracens, while he was also defence coach for the 2013 Series winning British and Irish Lions tour.

He will join Joe Schmidt's backroom team ahead of the summer tour of South Africa with his four year deal running until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

"It's great to have Andy coming into our coaching team. The quality of his delivery and breadth of his experience as well as the positive impact he had when coaching a number of our senior players during the 2013 Lions tour will add real value for us," Schmidt commented.

Farrell made 370 appearances for Rugby League side Wigan before switching to Rugby Union and joining Saracens. During his union career he won eight caps for England.

"To have this opportunity to work with a very talented management and playing group really excites me," Farrell said. "With a wealth of top class experienced senior players and a fantastic crop of youngsters pushing hard the future is very positive for Irish rugby and I can't wait to get started."

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