Andy Farrell has signed a new two-year deal with Ireland to keep him until August 2025

Andy Farrell has signed a new two-year deal with Ireland to keep him until August 2025

ANDY FARRELL has signed a new two-year contract extension that will see him remain as Ireland Head Coach until at least August 2025. 

Farrell's excellent work with Ireland after a nervy start to his reign has resulted in the new deal with Ireland. 

A strong Six Nations finish, a win over New Zealand in the Autumn series, and a first time series win over the All-Blacks in New Zealand will now see the Englishman remain with Ireland after the World Cup in France next year.  

Farrell had recently become of the England's top targets to replace Eddie Jones but will now lead the Irish for a few more seasons.  

"I am happy to extend my contract with Irish Rugby for a further two years," he said 

"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." \

IRFU Performance Director, Nucifora, added: "Andy is one of the outstanding coaches in world rugby and his work in leading the transition within the national team since the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been exceptional. 

"Ireland are currently the number one ranked team in the world, an incredibly tough five-match tour of New Zealand was a success on several levels and a Triple Crown was secured in the 2022 Six Nations Championship. 

"A coach of Andy's calibre is always going to be in high demand, and we are delighted that he has agreed to extend his contract with the IRFU. 

"This new deal, agreed prior to the Tour of New Zealand, allows us to plan beyond the 2023 Rugby World Cup with the certainty that one of the top coaching talents in the game is spearheading the national programme."