Farrells signs new Ireland deal, Catt to depart

Farrells signs new Ireland deal, Catt to depart

The head coach of the Irish rugby team, Andy Farrell, has signed a new deal with Ireland until the end of the 2027 World Cup.

Farrell took over the Irish team from Joe Schmidt in 2019 and has helped the Irish team become one of the best sides in the world.

The 48-year-old's achievements include a first-ever series win in New Zealand, a first home Grand Slam, a 17-game winning run, and a number-one world ranking. He was also recently awarded the World Rugby Coach of the Year.

Unfortunately for Ireland, their good form ended during the World Cup quarter-final game against New Zealand in October.

Farrell, speaking about his deal, expressed his delight in signing a new deal and also said he was excited to see the likes of Ireland's underage players make the senior grade in the years to come.

“Coaching Ireland has been a hugely enjoyable experience, and I am proud to extend my association with the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union). It is a pleasure to work with such a talented and committed group of players, and as we enter a new cycle, it will be exciting to see more players come through the system," said Farrell on the IRFU website.

“There is a talented group of established internationals who are determined to succeed at the international level for Ireland, and I am excited to see how the recent Ireland U20 squads will also emerge and challenge for international honours in the near future. It all makes for an exciting next chapter, and it is one that my family and I are delighted to continue."

IRFU Chief Executive Kevin Potts added: "The IRFU is determined to attract and retain top-class coaching talent, and we are delighted to announce Andy’s contract extension, which is a hugely positive boost for the game in Ireland.

"Andy is a world-class coach and an inspirational leader of great talent and integrity who has already made a significant contribution to Irish rugby through his leadership of our men’s national team. We are extremely pleased that he has agreed to remain in Ireland."

Farrell is also expected to take over as head coach of the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2025. He is the bookie's favourite to take over from Warren Gatland. According to RTÉ, the IRFU will accommodate the move if it happens.

Ireland's attacking coach, Mike Catt, is set to leave at the end of the season following the summer tour of South Africa. The 2003 World Cup winner joined the Irish set-up in 2019 with Farrell.

His replacement will be announced in the coming weeks.