John Plumtree has been announced as taking over as the forwards coach for the Ireland rugby team. He has last coached the Natal Sharks in South Africa, and he coached the South African team for five years, during which time he helped them win the Currie Cup, twice, in 2008 and again in 2010.

And what’s more, he was named the Coach of the Year, before he finally left the team. Plumtree has a huge list of teams that he has helped win on several occasions, and his credentials are solid.

So it is good news indeed for the Ireland rugby team to have him as the coach. He has a huge area of experience, which will no doubt prove extremely valuable in training the Ireland team.

When asked how he felt regarding joining the Ireland rugby team, Plumtree stated that he has gone through the recent match footages and videos, and there are quite a few areas which will need looking into. And shaping up the team will indeed be a positive challenge that he is willing to accept. And he is greatly looking forward to joining the coaching team of the Ireland rugby team, and he will do his best to take the team forward, and help them to win more and more games.

In other Ireland rugby team news, Paul O’Connell will be the next captain for the team, and the way ahead of him is clear it seems. Rumours are rife right now, regarding that Joe Schmidt is surely going to hand over the captaincy of the Ireland rugby team to O’Connell. And since O’Connell right now does not have any responsibilities that he needs to tend to at the club level of the game, it seems almost certain that he will be crowned the next team captain.