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Eddie O'Sullivan returns to Buccaneers

Jun 23, 2022 10:06 By Dave Hooper
Eddie O'Sullivan returns to Buccaneers Eddie O'Sullivan returns to Buccaneers
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Eddie O'Sullivan returns to Buccaneers

Eddie O’Sullivan has made a surprise return as Head Coach of Buccaneers RFC.

The former Ireland and USA head coach returns to Buccaneers some 20-years after landing AIL division one glory.

O’Sullivan says he is “Delighted to be back and involved again at Buccaneers. I enjoyed my time there previously and I believe there is a young but highly talented group with rich potential at Buccs to further develop”.

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A native of Youghal, Co. Cork, his playing career took off at Garryowen where he played mainly on the wing but also at fly-half. He was a regular with Munster during 1983/86 and won an Ireland A cap in 1984.

Taking up a teaching position he Galway, his first foray into coaching was at nearby Monivea. He coached Connacht in the mid 1990’s and led Ireland to a first ever U-21 Triple Crown in 1996.

O’Sullivan’s next key coaching role was with the USA Eagles in 1997/99 and he then succeeded Warren Gatland as Ireland Head Coach for the period 2001 to 200 8.

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During that time Ireland won Triple Crowns in 2004, 2006 and 2007 although the Six Nations title narrowly eluded them on a number of occasions.

The 63-year-old’s coaching successes saw Ireland rise to No.3 in the world rankings and also forge a record 43-13 victory over England in that historic match played at Croke Park in 2007.

O’Sullivan was also an assistant coach with the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2009.

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The Cork man joins Buccaneers on a two-year contract.

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