Watch: Eddie O'Sullivan Gives Bluntly Honest Reason Why He Didn't Apply For Connacht Job

Watch: Eddie O'Sullivan Gives Bluntly Honest Reason Why He Didn't Apply For Connacht Job

Last night's Against The Head on RTÉ featured a panel of former England head coach and current Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster, as well as Irish rugby legends in Donal Lenihan and Eddie O'Sullivan.

Lancaster, who its understood will extend his stay with Leinster beyond the end of this current season, gave his take on as to whether his England team were too soft, while also analysing Leinster's victory over Edinburgh at the weekend.

As Lenihan ran the rule over new Connacht boss Kieran Keane after the arduous process which led to his appointment, presenter Joannae Cantwell interjected to ask former Connacht and Ireland head coach O'Sullivan if he had applied for the Connacht job this time around.

O'Sullivan - never one to mince words - responded abruptly.

O'Sullivan originally revealed back in 2012 that he had been denied an opportunity to pitch for the role, despite having coached Ireland to three Triple Crowns in the previous decade and living in Galway.


"I am very disappointed that I didn't get called to interview," he said at the time. "I thought it was reasonable to expect to sit down with them to discuss the vision I had for Connacht, especially given my background."

It would appear the IRFU and Connacht's snub in 2012 put O'Sullivan off applying this time around. His addressing of the issue on Against The Head was made slightly more awkward by the fact that not moments before Donal Lenihan had regaled viewers with the tale of how, at the same time as when O'Sullivan was turned down following Eric Elwood's departure, former Ospreys head coach Sean Holley publicly announced he had been offered the job.

You can watch Against The Head in full on RTÉ Player.

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Gavan Casey
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