Kieran Campbell Replaces Noel McNamara As Ireland Under 20s Head Coach

Kieran Campbell Replaces Noel McNamara As Ireland Under 20s Head Coach

Ulster Academy manager Kieran Campbell has been chosen as Noel McNamara's successor as Ireland Under 20s head coach.

Campbell will continue his role with the Ulster Academy, having direct responsibility for the elite player pathway in the province. McNamara, on the other hand, will return to the Leinster Academy as manager.

McNamara, who took on the role of U20's head coach in 2018, led Ireland to a U20's Six Nations Grand Slam in 2019, with Ireland's 2020 Six Nations campaign beginning with three wins from three.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the campaign was cancelled, with McNamara's charges unable to complete back to back Grand Slams.

Campbell was an assistant coach to McNamara during his three year tenure, with an emphasis on the attacking side of the game.


The former Ulster scrum-half won three caps for Ireland during Eddie O'Sullivan's time as Ireland head coach in 2005.

Campbell will once again be the attack coach, with Collie Tucker reprising his role as forwards' coach.

Another addition to the coaching ticket is former Ireland international Denis Leamy, who will join Campbell's backroom staff as defence coach.

Leamy has been an elite development officer with Leinster since October 2019, having had an illustrious career as a flanker for Munster, winning two Heineken Cups with the province.

The news comes via the Irish Times, who have also said that this season’s under-20 Six Nations will be postponed until possibly the summer, with the that there will be no World Junior Championship in 2021 as well.

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