Former Munster boss Declan Kidney set for a return to coaching

Former Munster and Ireland boss Declan Kidney is reportedly close to a return to coaching and will be joined by former Ulster head coach Les Kiss.

Kidney has an impressive CV, with two Heineken Cups and a Grand Slam to his name. The Cork man is set to renew acquaintances with Kiss who was Ireland defence coach for the Grand Slam win in 2009.

The Telegraph have reported that the pair are set to join the management team of Premiership strugglers London Irish, who are currently bottom of the table, 12 points adrift of Worcester.

The Ulster job didn’t work out for Les Kiss who was forced to leave the role with immediate effect last month. Kiss will now jump back into coaching with the pair set to meet the London Irish players this week.

Kidney and Kiss will know that relegation in imminent, so this move may be for a more long-term project. Kidney has been UCC director of sport for the past number of years and hasn’t been a head coach since 2013.

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Luke Liddy