MUNSTER favourite Ian Keatley – who made 180 appearances and scored more than 1,200 points during his time with the province – has returned to Limerick to take up a new role as Provincial Talent Coach.
This will involve the delivery of the National Talent Development Programme within the province and for ensuring vibrant programmes exist in which elite players are identified and developed. He will be working with players between 16 and 20 years of age.
In previous seasons, Six Nations Championship winner (2015) Keatley worked with Munster’s pathway players by delivering skills and kicking sessions.
In 2022/’23, he was assistant coach with Munster Boys.
Sean Cronin and Denis Fogarty are already working with the province’s age-grade players in providing technical knowledge and position specific coaching support. Cronin and Fogarty have both followed the coaching pathway after retirement from successful playing careers with Ireland/Munster.
Tommy O’Donnell, who retired as a professional in 2021, has been involved as an Elite Player Development officer with the province’s Academy since last year.
Former Munster and Ireland captain Niamh Briggs also has a new role, that as Provincial Talent Coach-WNTS (Women’s National Talent Squad).
All are based at the High Performance Centre at University of Limerick.