Connacht coach Forshaw to leave at end of season

Connacht Rugby defence coach Mike Forshaw has revealed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season after three years at the Sportsground.

The former Great Britain and England rugby league international has been with the province since the start of the 2010/11 season.

42-year-old Forshaw won 14 caps for Great Britain and played three times for England in his professional career.

He served a number of years as Assistant Coach with Wigan Warriors before being chosen by Eric Elwood to spearhead the defensive effort at Connacht.

Head Coach Elwood was quick to commend Forshaw for the work he put in during his time at the province.

"When I took the job as director of rugby, I wanted to appoint a defensive coach because I felt this was crucial for us to progress and move forward as an organisation," Elwood said.

"The key when hiring people is that they are a good person and a good fit for your organisation and we got the right person in Mike.

"He is an extremely disciplined individual and after winning all major trophies in his Rugby league career the players respected his values and work ethic.

"One of Mike's strengths was his technical work in both the tackle and wrestle areas. We found this hugely beneficial, particularly in the off-season. He is a fantastic motivator and always got the best out of players.

"We want to thank Mike for all the good work he's done for Connacht Rugby over the last three years.

“We wish him every success for the future in whatever path he takes. We have nothing but praise for Mike and wish him well in the future."

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