The IRFU would like to invite applications for the position of Head Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach, Leinster Rugby.

Reporting to the Head of Fitness at Leinster Rugby and the IRFU, the Head Academy S&C Coach will:

  • Manage the S&C development and progression of academy players for the professional game according to Individual Performance Plans as agreed by the IRFU HP Manager & Leinster Academy Manager;
  • Ensure effective delivery of S&C support for the Leinster Academy players;
  • Oversee the delivery of fitness testing according to the IRFU test protocols and timetable for the Leinster Academy;
  • Contribute to the overall performance of the Leinster Fitness department through alignment, effective S&C programming and delivery.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A recognised degree or Higher National Diploma in Physical Education, Human Movement or Sports Science or equivalent;
  • A recognised Professional strength and conditioning certification;
  • A minimum of five years’ strength and conditioning experience in professional rugby or high performance sport environment;
  • A verifiable record of programme design and delivery of physical development programmes for adolescent, adult rugby players and or athletes;
  • An understanding of training science and data management and the application of these to current strength and conditioning practices in high performance sport;
  • Practical coaching experience across all the elements of high performance strength and conditioning;
  • The ability to work within a team and coordinate both full-time and part-time strength and conditioning colleagues;
  • Effective time management and the proven ability to work independently;
  • The ability to interface effectively with people at all levels and the competence to manage, motivate and develop relationships;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent Computer literacy skills;
  • The ability to realise and lead the national and provincial vision.


  • A post graduate degree in a sport or exercise science related area;
  • A verifiable record of delivering strength and conditioning support and programme leadership for a high performance professional rugby team as a full-time staff member;
  • Published research in the area of performance science, strength and conditioning or a related performance area;
  • Recognised First Aid and CPR certification.

General responsibility include:

  • Design, deliver and coordinate the Leinster Academy strength and conditioning programmes.
  • Work with other professional staff including Academy Manager, Academy Physiotherapist and Performance Nutritionist to drive individual performance outcomes.
  • Ensure alignment of Academy programme to the needs of the senior team in Leinster and IRFU standards to ensure player KPI achievement.
  • Coordinate the Leinster Academy annual fitness testing according to IRFU protocols and testing schedule.
  • Capture, store and manage all fitness test and training data and ensure that it is reviewed and informs strength and conditioning support for Leinster Academy Players.
  • Responsible for the design and delivery of all fitness, recovery and game preparation elements for the Leinster Academy.
  • Portray a competent and professional image of the Leinster Rugby and the IRFU on behalf of the Fitness department
  • Appropriate coordination and leadership of Academy strength and conditioning and rehabilitation staff.
  • Develop alignment and coordination in the strength and conditioning programmes between the Leinster Academy, Sub-Academy and National Talent Programme through effective communication and relationship building.
  • Deliver strength and conditioning support to the senior professional programme as and when required.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage the implementation of the Academy strength and conditioning programmes as agreed in their Individual Performance Plans.
  • Systematically review and report performance profiles for all Academy players.
  • Devise effective individualised periodised plans for each Academy player specific to their development needs.
  • Manage the training load information, the daily monitoring process and communicate any issues relating to player welfare to the relevant rugby, physiotherapy, medical, nutrition and or strength and conditioning staff.
  • Manage and communicate the Academy training schedule to all players and related staff.
  • Liaise regularly with the Sub-Academy S&C staff to ensure appropriate programme alignment and prescription to the needs of the Academy and senior programme.
  • Attend and contribute to workshops, in-service meetings and professional development courses/workshops and other supported workshops as directed by Head of Fitness, Leinster.
  • Assist in the delivery of coach and player education programmes.


This full time position is being offered on a two year fixed-term contract basis. The position is based at Leinster Rugby, UCD Belfield, Dublin.

To apply for the above position, please email your CV to Eoin Ward, HR Generalist at

The closing date for applications is strictly Friday, 12th February 2016 at 13:00.

Interviews for this position will take place on Monday, 22nd February 2016.
The IRFU is an equal opportunities employer.