Noel McNamara has confirmed that he will remain in his role as head coach of the Ireland U20s.
McNamara guided the side to a Grand Slam title earlier this year in impressive fashion.
The young Irish outfit went on to finish eighth at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina, however, the side was decimated by injuries throughout.
It was believed that McNamara would be stepping down from his role having come to the end of a two-year contract. He also signed on as Leinster’s Academy Manager in June which many thought would prohibit him from continuing in his current role.
However, speaking to IrishRugby.ie, McNamara confirmed that he will combine the two roles in 2020.
“It’s a very exciting time,” he told IrishRugby.ie. “Any opportunity you get to work with a national team, particularly young players, it’s always something that should be relished with great enthusiasm.
“I don’t think the two (jobs) are mutually exclusive. There is obviously an overlap between the two and ultimately I think it’s an advantage being involved in the system and getting the opportunity to work with a national side and benchmark players against the best in the world.
“We’re really looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”