Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Rory Best Backs Andy Farrell To Thrive As Ireland Head Coach

Rory Best Backs Andy Farrell To Thrive As Ireland Head Coach

As for Ireland, bringing in a completely new coach, perhaps from overseas, after a World Cup and announcing it well ahead of time would have been fraught.

Since Farrell's induction to Irish rugby, the side has been captained by Ulster's Rory Best.

Ireland fullback Rob Kearney believes coach Joe Schmidt will do everything in his power to set Ireland up for a sustained period of success after he leaves.

Ronan O'Gara has admitted he's still in contact with the IRFU and would be interested in potentially joining Andy Farrell's coaching ticket in 2019 when the Englishman takes over as head coach from the outgoing Joe Schmidt. "Tournaments are not won by the coaching staff or one player".

But that led to a fruitful relationship off the pitch as coaches, with Farrell providing mentorship to Payne as he transitioned from player with Ulster into their defensive coach - unofficially at first before officially taking the role in May 2018 to go with his retirement.

"A good phrase of his is 'attacks are always trying to tell you lies anyway, so watch the ball, get good spacings, get off the line and kill your opposite man'".

There, he became England's defence coach and masterminded their historic win over the All Blacks in 2012, the first of his four wins and counting over the world champions.

Sam Burgess has claimed that "individual egos" and "selfish players" contributed to England's painful 2015 World Cup demise.

But England's loss was undoubtedly Ireland's gain as Schmidt moved swiftly to snap up Farrell.

Farrell has been credited with making a positive impact since becoming Ireland defence coach in 2016.

However, Schmidt is under no illusions that Ireland have picked the right man. You can see that the show here is very strong at the minute.

Kearney hailed the determination of his former Leinster and current worldwide boss to leave a lasting legacy when he does eventually relinquish his role. As a head coach, when he talks about any aspect of the game, he will make you want to buy into it.

In terms of the training ground methods Farrell employs, Ross says he has a "very clear picture of how he wants things to be done".

"I have learned a lot from Joe over the past few seasons and I will continue to learn from him over the next year", said Farrell.

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