April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Declan Kidney was fired as Ireland rugby coach today after his team flopped in the Six Nations tournament.
Kidney, 53, who twice coached Munster to win Europe’s Heineken Cup, had been in the Ireland post since May 2008, succeeding Eddie O’Sullivan. He led Ireland to a Six Nations “Grand Slam” in 2009, winning all five games.
Ireland reached the quarterfinals of the last Rugby World Cup in 2011, losing to Wales. This year it finished above only France, on points difference, in the Six Nations standings.
The Irish Rugby Football Union said on its website it won’t be offering a new contract to Kidney after his current agreement ends on June 30 and his role as Ireland’s senior men’s coach ceased today.
Les Kiss will act as interim head coach for Ireland’s offseason tour of North America.
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