Former Leinster and Irish international Mike Ross has been made scrum coach of the Ireland Women’s team for this year’s Six Nations tournament which will begin away to France on the third of February.
Ross earned 61 caps for Ireland throughout his career and was considered a master of the scrum.
His appointment comes as a major boost to the Irish squad who have suffered a number of disappointments on and off the field.
After the 2017 Women Rugby World Cup, the IRFU announced the position of a new head coach as a part-time role, which many found to be a step backwards for the ambitious women’s team.
“Anthony Eddy approached me about helping out, though I suspect that Greg Feek may have put my name forward. I’m really looking forward to getting involved” said Ross.
Since his retirement, Ross has been working as a player/coach for Malahide who were recently promoted into the Ulster Bank League.
The 38-year-old will work alongside newly appointed head coach Adam Griggs. Griggs was previously head coach of the Leinster Women’s team, helping them win a provincial title in 2016.
The Cork man played for Leinster 151 times, winning two Heineken Cups and two Six Nations throughout his illustrious career. Ross was instrumental for Ireland under Declan Kidney and Joe Schmidt and was considered as one of the best scrum tacticians in the modern game.