Ireland Men Management profiles by specific job title. Ireland celebrated what was their third Grand Slam victory in March Analysis. Each management profile has a detailed biography and related news and video content. That quarter-final defeat also called time on Joe Schmidt's six-and-a-half-year reign, and introduced new head coach Andy Farrell. Chris Jones, BBC Sport rugby union correspondent. More than Ireland's World Cup dreams ended when they lost to New Zealand. While Schmidt can now take a well-earned break, Farrell, 44, Ireland's defence coach since 2016, faces pressing issues ahead of February's Six Nations opener against Scotland in Dublin. The Official website of the Irish Rugby Football Union - covering the Ireland Rugby teams, the Provincial game and community rugby across Ireland From a local favourite to a Premier League manager to a cabbage-dodging out of work journeyman, there are plenty of contenders for the now vacant Republic of Ireland job.