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An Tarbh
12-04-06, 06:44 PM
Former Munster and Leinster coach and Wallabies assistant, Alan Gaffney will become Sarries coach at the end of the season.


Originally posted by BBC Sport
Gaffney named new Saracens coach
Saracens have appointed former Munster coach Alan Gaffney as their new director of rugby.
The Australian, 58, who replaces the sacked Steve Diamond, will take up his post at the end of the season.

Head coach Mike Ford and acting director of rugby Eddie Jones will remain in charge for the final three Premiership games.

"I'm absolutely delighted. I'd always wanted to coach in the English Premiership," said Gaffney.

"This is a great opportunity for me. I'm really looking forward to getting involved.

"I've already met with a lot of the guys around the training centre and they seem a good bunch of people who I look forward to getting to know better over the next few weeks."


In this day and age, it doesn't matter so much where your rugby expertise lays, you've got to be able to manage players
Alan Gaffney*

Saracens chief executive Mark Sinderberry said: "We're delighted that Alan has agreed to join us.

"He's someone with more than 20 years coaching experience at the highest level and his knowledge of northern hemisphere rugby made him the ideal candidate for the role.

"When we began the recruitment process we identified a lack of specialist coaching within the club as being significant in our lack of progress over recent years.

"As a result, Alan will head up an enlarged coaching team which will be finalised over the coming weeks."

Gaffney's coaching career began at Sydney club Randwick in 1984 and has also seen him complete spells at Leinster and the New South Wales Waratahs.

He joined Munster in 2002 and helped the club twice reach the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup along with winning the Celtic League and Cup.


He likes to see an attacking brand of rugby, and we played some of our greatest rugby under him
Munster star Ronan O'Gara*

He left Munster to join Australia as an assistant coach at the end of last season.

Gaffney added: "I've followed the Premiership from Ireland quite extensively and also come up against a number of English teams during my time with Munster and Leinster.

"I know that this is a very difficult competition to play in - especially when combined with the Powergen Cup and the Heineken Cup.


After years of appointing famous ex-players as coaches, is the appointment of Alan Gaffney finally a sensible decision?
From LT*

"It puts strong demands on everyone involved and one of the other big factors in this role is managing that whole process.

"In this day and age, it doesn't matter so much where your rugby expertise lays, you've got to be able to manage players and make sure you are getting the optimum performance week in, week out."


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Ireland international Ronan O'Gara, who worked with Gaffney at Munster, believes Saracens have made an inspired choice.

"He is a fine coach, and his style is definitely not 10-man rugby," said the fly-half.

"He likes to see an attacking brand of rugby, and we played some of our greatest rugby under him.

"He will make a great difference to Saracens - they have got themselves a fantastic coach."


Was hoping he'd be next Ireland coach but not to be now that we won the Triple Crown and Eddie tightens his grip at the top.

harrison2468
12-04-06, 06:55 PM
I never relise he worked with Australia...

Well, he needs to call on all his experience to guide Sarries to success. They have a decent squad, but they have never really performed to ability. Weird, but it shows it takes more than a good bunch of individuals to work as a team.