The IRFU have confirmed the appointment of Adam Griggs as the new Women’s Head Coach for the 2018 Six Nations.
Griggs joins the national setup following a successful spell in charge of the Leinster women’s team, wherein he won the 2016 Interprovincial Championship, and has also worked as an assistant coach for the Leinster under-19 side, having arrived in Ireland in 2009.
He replaces Tom Tierney, who stepped down from the role earlier this summer after the World Cup.
Speaking to the IRFU website in the wake of the appointment, Griggs expressed his delight at being appointed Irish Women’s coach and said he was looking forward working with the abundance of talent at his disposal:
“I’m delighted to be named as Ireland Women’s Head Coach and having coached during the inter-pros I know the huge amount of talent there is in Ireland.
“It’s a new challenge for me, but it’s an exciting one. This is a fresh start for all of us within the squad and I know the players are highly motivated to do well.
“I look forward to getting things underway as we build towards next year’s Women’s Six Nations.”
The contract itself will be a relatively short-term one (an occurrence that has previously drawn plenty of attention to the IRFU) and will be reviewed once the Six Nations concludes in March.