Kid­ney and Kiss get sink­ing feel­ing

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby -

De­clan Kid­ney (right) and Les Kiss didn’t have to wait long for the bad news to drop on their desk at Lon­don Ir­ish. In fair­ness the two for­mer Ir­ish coaches knew what was com­ing at the strug­gling side long be­fore they left their jobs as Di­rec­tor of Sport at UCC and Ul­ster Rugby re­spec­tively.

The worst fears were re­alised on Satur­day even though Lon­don Ir­ish didn’t play un­til Sun­day (they lost to Sara­cens 51-14) with their rel­e­ga­tion from the Premier­ship com­ing after just one sea­son back in the top flight. It is the sec­ond time in three years Ir­ish have been rel­e­gated. Last month, the club tried to mix things up and change di­rec­tion when they brought in coaches Kid­ney and Kiss to work un­der di­rec­tor of rugby Nick Kennedy, who sub­se­quently re­signed. The Ex­iles started this sea­son with an eye-catch­ing vic­tory over Har­lequins, but 14 suc­ces­sive league losses fol­lowed, a run that was even­tu­ally ended when they de­feated rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Worces­ter at the Made­jski Sta­dium two months ago. As Kid­ney might say “it is what it is.”

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