The Western Force appoint Jimmy Duffy as Forwards Coach through to 2024, securing the coaching roster for the season ahead.
Duffy joins the Force from Ireland United Rugby Championship side, Connacht, where he was Assistant Coach for seven years, leading the club to a Guinness Pro12 title in 2016.
Widely recognized as a technical coach, Duffy is known to cement a formidable defensive structure. This is marked in the recent Irish U20s 2022 Six Nations Grand Slam title where he was Assistant Coach in the 54-point triumph over Scotland.
The 46-year-old further boasts a wealth of coaching experience on the world stage, steering the Irish U18’s through four international campaigns.
Western Force Head Coach Simon Cron said after a rigorous pursuit he is looking forward working with Duffy and the wealth of knowledge he can bring to the club.
“We had a handful of extremely talented candidates, so the process was very detailed and competitive,” Cron claimed.
“What stood out with Duffy is that he has the ability to simplify his breath of expertise in a clear and precise manner, allowing players to grasp concepts, progressing their development.”
A passion for future success resonated by club leaders attracted Duffy to the West.
“When I spoke to Simon (Cron) and Tony (Lewis) the ambition and determination they have to see the club thrive is phenomenal,” Duffy mentioned.
“The drive they have to develop players in local areas and grow the talent base is something that I’m extremely passionate about.”
“I’m all for the plan to make the Force a successful entity both on and off the field with a focus on high-level performance.”
Duffy recognises relationship building as the pillar of his coaching prowess.
“I like to foremost work with the person, I constantly encourage the notion of ‘if it’s their challenge they will rise to it quicker,” Duffy stated.
“I believe when you build solid relationships and collaborate on ideas, you get to know the players on a personal level, I believe this promotes best out of them.”
Duffy is scheduled to arrive in Perth in the coming months.