Former Ireland star Tania Rosser is taking on a new challenge after being announced as the new coach for Leinster Rugby women.
Rosser played for Leinster women for 10 years during a successful career and will take over from Phil de Barra as head coach.
Since her retirement she has coached the Blackrock College RFC women’s team and Clontarf FC J1’s, and was once an assistant coach at Leinster women under Philip Doyle.
Rosser, who also played netball, sevens and touch rugby for Ireland, will balance her new job as head coach alongside her work as a primary school teacher, a mentor and running an online business.
She said: “I’m really excited. It’s a huge honour and privilege to be here to coach the Leinster women’s team.
“I played for many years for them so I know how important it is for the development of the girls and I’m just super excited and can’t wait to get started.”
Just wanted to thank everyone that have messaged to congratulate me in my new role!
I’m grateful for this opportunity. https://t.co/n1yv8xmKqH
— Tania Rosser (@tarnross) December 23, 2021
Leinster’s Domestic Rugby Manager Philip Lawlor said: “Tania had a stellar playing career with Leinster and Ireland and since retiring has pursued her coaching qualifications and experience across rugby and other sports.
“We are now looking forward to working with Tania to ensure we remain at the top of Irish women’s rugby in producing players for the national XVs and Sevens sides and competing for the interprovincial title.”
As well as a decade-long spell at the club as a player, the 43-year-old brings a vast amount of international experience to her role as coach.
Rosser represented Ireland women 58 times as a player, competing in three World Cups and being a member of the 2015 Grand Slam-winning side as well as representing the Barbarians.
She will spend the next few months forming her coaching team ahead of the Women’s Interprovincial Series which takes place in 2022.