O’Sullivan talks to Western Force

Updated: May 24, 2012

Former Ireland manager Eddie O’Sullivan has held talks with Australian Super 15 franchise Western Force.

O’Sullivan was the IRFU’s head coach from 2001-2008 and led the US Eagles until the end of last year.  Having interviewed for the role, it is reported that the Cork man has impressed the Force hierarchy, who are operating a global search for Robert Graham’s successor.

O’Sullivan’s agent, John Baker, also confirmed that the 53-year-old is a contender for the vacant Auckland Blues job, after Leinster head Joe Schmidt ruled himself out of the running because, as he said in his own words:  ”In ten years of coaching, I have honored every contract I have signed.”

“Eddie has not been down to Australia but he has held preliminary talks with the Force,” Baker said. “It is for a coaching position, not necessarily the head coaching position, as the talks have not reached that stage yet.

“There is also an interest in the vacant position at the Auckland Blues,” Baker added.

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