Former Ireland rugby head coach Eddie O’Sullivan is back in management once again as he has signed a two year contract to lead French outfit Biarritz.
Although O’Sullivan had a spell as a consultant for Garryowen rugby club this year, this is his first full-time coaching position since leaving the US Eagles in 2011. At the time, that had been his second spell with the nation.
Some had thought that the fifty-five year old would be a part of what will be a new look Munster coaching set up next year. The move to France however puts an end to that speculation.
As a head coach, O’Sullivan has been to three World Cups, twice with Ireland in 2003 and 2007 and once with the USA in 2011. In 2003, his side lost at the quarter-final stage to France while failing to make it out of the group stages in ’07. In 1999 he also coached the Irish Under 21 side to their first ever Triple Crown.
Biarritz finished this season bottom of the Top 14 league, relegating them to the second tier of French rugby, the D2 league. O’Sullivan also becomes the first foreign individual ever to manage the club from the French Basque Country. As one of the former powerhouses of French and European rugby, a return to the Top 14 will be expected sooner rather than later.