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Declan Kidney (born 20 October 1959 in Corkmarker) is an Irish rugby union coach. Kidney is the head coach of the Irish national rugby team following on from his successful tenure as head coach of Munster.

Declan Kidney


Kidney played rugby for UCCmarker and later for Dolphin RFC. He trained as a mathematics teacher, in which position he was appointed at Presentation Brothers College, Cork, and later became the career guidance officer. He took on the role of rugby coach at the school, where he had initial success as coach of the junior and later senior side.

Professional Rugby Coach

Following his coaching of the Irish Schools team, Kidney coached the Ireland under 19's team which won the FIRA World Cup in 1998. After this Tournament he joined Munster.

His initial stint at Munster ended in 2002, when he left to become Ireland's assistant coach. He was replaced at Munster by Alan Gaffney.

In the summer of 2004, he became coach at Newport Gwent Dragons. However in August 2004, after only 3 months in the job, he left to join Leinster. He rejoined Munster in 2005, winning the Heineken Cup in his first season back, after losing in both 2000 and 2002 in the final stage. After this win, Kidney went on to win 2006 Philips Sports Manager of the Year award. and on the 24 May 2008, his Munster squad won the Heineken Cup once again. He was succeeded as Munster coach in July 2008 by Tony McGahan when he was appointed as coach of the Irish national side. He coached the Irish team to win the Grand Slam and Triple Crown in Cardiff on 21 March 2009 in his first year. He went on to coach Ireland A to win their first Churchill Cup.

On the 28th November 2009 he was awarded IRB Coach of the Year.


  1. Kidney in New IRFU Role [1]
  2. Munster's Heineken Cup Record [2]
  3. Leinster land Kidney [3]
  4. Tougher in Heineken Cup[4]
  5. Munster Win Heineken Cup[5]
  6. Kidney Confirmed as Manager of the year [6]
  7. Irish Rugby : McGahan Confirmed As New Munster Coach

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