Mick O’Driscoll to join Munster backroom team

The former Irish international secondrow takes up his two year contract in July

Mick O’Driscoll. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mick O’Driscoll. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Thu, Apr 10, 2014, 12:57

Mick O’Driscoll will join the Munster backroom staff for the next two years as technical advisor. The role will also include responsibility for the Munster A squad.

Incoming head coach Anthony Foley, who takes over from Rob Penney in the summer, is in the process of identifying his backroom team for next season and his first appointment will see former colleague O’Driscoll come on board on July 1st.

One of Munster’s most consistent and experienced performers, O’Driscoll retired at the end of the 2011/12 season after making 207 Munster appearances over a 14-year period.

The Cork-man began his career in August 1998 and made his Heineken Cup debut against Neath at Musgrave Park in September of that year. He went on to win 55 Heineken caps for Munster and 7 for Perpignan in the course of a two season stint with the French club. At international level he represented Ireland on 23 occasions.

On retirement the former secondrow pursued a number of successful business opportunities, including Home Instead Senior Care, while also remaining in the rugby environment with coaching spells in PBC and Cork Constitution.

Mick O’Driscoll said: “I am really looking forward to working with Anthony, Niall and the team again. I was immersed in the Munster for over a decade, playing at the top level in Ireland and France, and I believe I can call on that wealth of experience in this new role.”

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