Former Italy coach John Kirwan interested in Ulster job

John Kirwan
John Kirwan previously coached both Italy and Japan

Former All Blacks star John Kirwan has said that he is interested in the vacant Ulster coaching job but has not been contacted about the position.

The ex-Italy coach has been linked with the job since it was revealed that Ulster will not offer Brian McLaughlin a new deal at the end of this season.

"All the Irish clubs are looking to win the Heineken Cup. I'd look at any offers," said Kirwan.

"But I haven't had any contact from anyone there."

Speaking to the Irish Independentexternal-link, Kirwan said that he is looking for a job with a "side that wants to go places".

"If Ulster are keen on winning the Heineken Cup or the Pro12 League, I'd be keen to get involved.

"It's not something that I'll pursue. If I'm on their list, that would be okay. If not, I'm not going to worry about it."

Kirwan also managed Japan from 2007 to 2011 before stepping down from that job after last year's World Cup.

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