Mike Ross won two Six Nations titles with Ireland. He represented his country twice at the Rugby World Cup. He made 151 appearances for Leinster and was one of the greatest scrum technicians Irish rugby has seen and now he has taken a role as scrum coach for the Ireland women's squad.
The side get their Six Nations campaign underway next month when they travel to Toulouse to play France on Saturday, 3 February. The appointment is to be welcomed following the IRFU's decision to advertise for a head coach in a part-time role as Tom Tierney's successor.
Adam Griggs, who coached the Leinster women's side and was an assistant coach with the Leinster Under-19s is the new head coach. Ross confirmed his delight with the new position to the Sunday Times, while adding he believes his name may have been put forward by a knowledgeable coach already within Irish rugby:
Anthony Eddy (the IRFU's director of women's rugby) approached me about helping out, though I suspect that Greg Feek may have put my name forward. I'm really looking forward to getting involved.
It is understood Ross has been involved with the Leinster Academy in an advisory role for young props. He is also a player-coach for Malahide.
As for the squad, their preparations for next month's tournament will undoubtedly receive a welcomed boost with the announcement.