Andy Farrell has signed a two-year contract extension as Ireland head coach which will run until at least August 2025.
Farrell was appointed to the top job in 2019 following three years as Joe Schmidt’s defence coach and has made a seismic impact during his time in charge at the Aviva Stadium.
This year has been Farrell’s best yet, having secured a Triple Crown in the Guinness Six Nations and a first ever series victory against the All Blacks in New Zealand during the summer internationals.
The new deal also includes the possibility of a further extension depending on “mutually agreed performance markers.”
IRFU Chief Executive Kevin Potts said: “I am delighted to confirm that Andy Farrell has accepted a two-year contract extension as the Head Coach of our Men’s international team which will keep him at the helm of that team until at least August 2025, and there is an option to extend the contract further, based on a number of mutually agreed performance markers.
“Andy is one of the finest coaches in the world, he has brought our game to new heights and has the team playing a brand of rugby that excites, entertains, and engages people, while, critically, producing winning results.
“I would like to thank our Performance Director, David Nucifora, for his work in negotiating this extension with Andy.
“I, on behalf of all the Union delegates and Irish Rugby fans across the world, thank Andy for the exceptional impact he has had on Ireland’s performances to date, as we look forward to the year ahead, which will of course include the Rugby World Cup in France.”
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Commenting on the new deal, Farrell said: “I am happy to extend my contract with Irish Rugby for a further two years. As a group we have made it clear that we are building towards the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and we have taken some decent strides in that regard in recent months.
“Ahead of the tour to New Zealand myself and David (Nucifora) looked at the opportunities and challenges facing the national squad after the tournament in France. I am excited about continuing to work with the group and with the next generation of Irish international players.”