Ireland: Four coaches extend contracts beyond Rugby World Cup

Ireland coaches
Farrell, Feek, Easterby and Murphy helped Joe Schmidt's Ireland side win the Six Nations Grand Slam this year

Four Ireland coaches have signed contract extensions to beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Forwards coach Simon Easterby, defence coach Andy Farrell and skills coach Richie Murphy have extended their commitments to June 2020.

Scrum coach Greg Feek is set to take up a position with Japanese side Ricoh but will continue to work with Ireland until the completion of the World Cup.

All four coaches were involved in this year's Six Nations Grand Slam success.

"We have a world-class coaching group that has driven and sustained high levels of performance on the international stage," said IRFU performance director David Nucifora.

"They also support the work of the provinces with their technical expertise and play an important role in the development of young players on the pathway to international honours."

Feek and Murphy both joined the national coaching set-up from Leinster, where they had worked under Ireland's head coach Joe Schmidt. Easterby previously held the head coach role at Welsh side Scarlets.

Former British and Irish Lions coach Farrell was also part of Stuart Lancaster's England coaching set-up between 2011 and 2015.

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