Former Ireland U20 boss confirmed as United Rugby Championship side’s coach

David Skippers

Ulster's players and head coach Richie Murphy.

Ulster Rugby have announced that Richie Murphy has signed a two-year contract extension which means he is now the permanent head coach of the United Rugby Championship (URC) outfit.

The 54-year-old was initially appointed on an interim basis two months ago after the departure of Dan McFarland in February following a five-and-a-half-year stint in charge of the province.

‘Enjoyable start’ at Ulster

“I’m looking forward to continuing with Ulster after a very enjoyable start to my time with the club,” Murphy told Ulster’s official website.

“It’s no secret that I was keen to stay on in the role of head coach with the province, as I can see what is building here at Ulster and how I can contribute to growing that in the coming years.

“We have a very talented group at Ulster and, together with a loyal and dedicated supporter base, I’m relishing the opportunity to see what we can all achieve together.”

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He previously had a stint as the Ireland U20 side’s coach and guided them to successive Six Nations Grand Slams in 2022 and 2023.

Ulster’s interim chief executive Hugh McCaughey said: “We are delighted at Ulster Rugby to have Richie committed to the province for the next two seasons.

‘Vast experience’

“Richie has vast experience in developing young players and is ambitious to achieve success, so he is a perfect fit for what we need.”

Ulster are currently in sixth position in the URC standings after clinching a 31-20 victory at Scarlets on Saturday, with the top eight teams advancing to the end-of-season play-offs.

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