Plumtree lands Irish role
Former Sharks boss John Plumtree has been appointed as Ireland's new forwards coach.
The Kiwi, who held the reins of the Durban outfit for five years, has also enjoyed stints with Swansea RFC and the Wellington Lions.
His tenure with the Sharks ended in unsavoury circumstances after it was revealed through the media that his contract would not be renewed. It was then agreed that Plumtree would leave his post with immediate effect rather than at the end of the season.
The 48-year-old has wasted little time in finding himself a new position, stepping up to the international fray.
"I am really looking forward to becoming part of the Irish coaching set-up," Plumtree told the official Ireland Rugby Union website.
"Having watched a number of recent test matches there are some really positive challenges in front of us. I'm conscious of the responsibility we have and will be working hard to play my part in driving the team forward."
Plumtree will join head coach Joe Schmidt and Les Kiss in the Ireland coaching set-up, and Schmidt expressed his satisfaction at the appointment.
"It's great to have John joining us as part of the Irish coaching team," he said.
His proven success and broad experience across a number of competitions along with his ability to provide quality direction will add real value to the team."