Speculation is already rife as to who the Irish Rugby Football Union will appoint to succeed Eddie O'Sullivan, who resigned as Ireland coach on Wednesday night.
A hot tip for the job is former Welsh coach MIKE RUDDOCK, who led Wales to a surprise Grand Slam in his only season in charge in 2005. He has Irish connections, having formerly coached Leinster, and his son is set to play for the Ireland Under-19s this weekend. Currently coaching Worcester Warriors in the Guinness Premiership.
Another near the top of the IRFU wish-list is likely to be JAKE WHITE, the mastermind behind South Africa's World Cup triumph last autumn. However, the future of England boss Brian Ashton remains in doubt and the in-demand White has already made it clear he would accept an invitation from the Six Nations runners-up.
WAYNE SMITH enjoyed a productive spell reviving the fortunes of Northampton and also guided Canterbury Crusaders to Super 12 glory in two successive years.
Appointed New Zealand coach in 1999, he was deposed in 2001 following a poor Tri-Nations.
Linked up with Graham Henry as backs coach for his second stint with the All-Blacks but that ended in failure with a quarter-final exit at last autumn's World Cup.
DECLAN KIDNEY has been installed as one of the favourites by the bookmakers and seems the only strong Irish contender. Has enjoyed Heineken Cup success with Munster but remains to be seen whether his approach with the Irish province would translate successfully to Ireland.
JOHN MITCHELL is a former All-Black coach who has successfully revived the fortunes of Western Force in Australia. A hot tip with many pundits.
PAT HOWARD guided Leicester to a Premiership and EDF Energy Cup double in 2007 and recently became general manager of the Australian Rugby Union's high performance unit.
A bright and superb man manager, he may attract the IRFU who are eager to appoint a forward-thinking coach after years of O'Sullivan's conservatism.
Howard is now available, having stepped down from his job with the ARU.
Among the outsiders for the post are ALAN GAFFNEY who would appear to be ruled out by the fact that he has agreed to join Leinster as backs coach in August.
MICHAEL CHEIKA has recently agreed a new two-year deal with Leinster, MATT WILLIAMS is enjoying life at Ulster after a failed spell in charge of Scotland.
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