Eric Elwood is returning to Connacht Rugby as the province’s new domestic rugby manager.
Elwood, who has spent a year working with pharmaceuticals company Omega Pharma after resigning as head coach, will take up his new role in January.
Elwood says he’s the new role will be different but exciting. “Connacht Rugby has been a huge part
of my life and I have always understood the importance of the domestic game in the future of Connacht Rugby as a whole. I am looking forward to working with Willie [Ruane] and everyone in the domestic game in what is a truly exciting period for rugby in the west of Ireland."
The former Galwegian, Connacht and Ireland outhalf was the province’s head coach from 2010 to 2013 having previously been assistant coach to Michael Bradley, and is attributed with having lifted the province to a new level in both European and Pro 12 competitions.
Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane has described Elwood’s return as “fantastic”.
“Domestic rugby is an area we identified as vital in moving the province forward. Eric will be responsible for growing the game of rugby across the entire province from grass roots level. He is someone with huge knowledge and passion for the game and for Connacht Rugby in particular, and we are delighted to have him back involved in the organisation."