Griggs named as new Women’s part-time/ca­sual head coach

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

The IRFU have an­nounced Adam Griggs as the new head coach of the Ire­land Women’s team for the 2018 Six Na­tions.

Fol­low­ing Tom Tier­ney’s de­ci­sion to re­sign in Au­gust, the va­cant role was ad­ver­tised as a part-time/ca­sual one – cov­er­ing a full-time re­mit – with a six month con­tract.

Griggs joins the na­tional set-up from Le­in­ster, where he has held the role of Le­in­ster Women’s head coach since 2016, guid­ing the province to the 2016 In­ter­provin­cial Cham­pi­onship, and where he also worked as as­sis­tant coach with the Le­in­ster Un­der-19s.

Work­ing with Le­in­ster since 2009 as com­mu­nity rugby of­fi­cer, Adam also has club coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, guid­ing Old Wes­ley to the Ul­ster Bank League Di­vi­sion 2B play­offs as a player-coach last sea­son.

As a player, he came though the Can­ter­bury Cru­saders academy be­fore mov­ing to Ire­land. He won the Ul­ster Bank League with Lans­downe in 2015 and has also lined out for Le­in­ster A.

Mean­while, in their first ever game to­gether as a team, the Bar­bar­ians women’s side sparkled in a 19-0 win over Mun­ster at Thomond Park. Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Ail­ish Egan scored a try for the Baabaas in the sec­ond-half.

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