Trio welcome ex-England defence coach's arrival
Brian O'Driscoll, Keith Earls and Gordon D'Arcy have welcomed Andy Farrell's addition to the Irish rugby backroom team.
The former England assistant coach was confirmed as an addition to Joe Schmidt's staff, with the 40-year-old taking over defensive responsibilities after the Six Nations.
Keith Earls has revealed that the Irish players weren't informed of the imminent appointment at this week's training camp in Carton House.
Down in Limerick covering Munster presser for @offtheball Fair to say Andy Farrell's appointment as Ire defence coach has stunned the room.— David McIntyre (@DaveMcIntyreNT) January 6, 2016
However, the Munster winger is looking forward to working with Farrell.
"I think it's a great appointment. He's an experienced coach and he's an experienced player as well so it should be good for us and hopefully I get to work with him. I admired him personally as a player as well, so please God I get to be in camps with him," said Earls.
Meanwhile, Off The Ball's premier rugby correspondent Brian O'Driscoll tweeted his thoughts:
So Andy Farrell new @IrishRugby defence coach! Decent business that. Very good coach and motivator. Expect line speed & great kick chase.— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) January 6, 2016
O'Driscoll's former Ireland and Leinster centre partner Gordon D'Arcy also welcomed the move: