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RugbyU: Foley gets Munster coach job

Munster great Anthony Foley is to become the new coach of the Irish province in succession to Japan-bound Rob Penney from the start of next season. Forwards coach Foley, a former Ireland international, has signed a two-year deal to succeed New Zealander Penney at Thomond Park. Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said Wednesday: "Anthony was the stand-out candidate to succeed Rob Penney at the end of the season and I believe he will do an excellent job in leading this squad forward.

RugbyU: O'Driscoll to play on after IRFU deal

Brian O'Driscoll ended speculation about his future by signing a new one-year deal to play on for Ireland and Leinster, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) revealed on Thursday. The Ireland legend had been widely tipped to hang up his boots following the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia next month. His previous contract with the IRFU and Leinster was due to end following that tour but has now been extended until June 2014.

Leinster's Schmidt to be interviewed for Ireland job

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Leinster coach Joe Schmidt will be interviewed for the vacant Ireland coaching job this week, the New Zealander said on Tuesday, as the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) look to appoint a successor to Declan Kidney. Kidney's five-year tenure as Ireland coach ended earlier this month after a poor Six Nations campaign and Schmidt, who has guided Leinster to two successive Heineken Cup titles, said he is scheduled to speak to the IRFU on Wednesday or Thursday.

RugbyU: Ireland suffer Henry injury blow

Ireland were hit by a new injury blow on Monday as it was announced that backrow forward Chris Henry is out of the rest of the Six Nations with a knee injury. The 28-year-old Ulster stalwart - who has come on as a replacement in Ireland's two Six Nations game so far - has been replaced by Munster backrow forward Tommy O'Donnell in the squad for this Sunday's match against Scotland at Murrayfield.

UPDATE 2-Rugby-Ireland flyhalf Sexton to join France's Racing

(Adds details) By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Ireland's Jonathan Sexton will join French side Racing Metro next season after the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said on Friday the flyhalf would not be renewing his contract with European champions Leinster. Sexton, who won three Heineken Cups in four seasons with Leinster and has become one of Ireland's most influential players, has been offered a two-year contract with the Paris-based side, a source close to the deal told Reuters.
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