Coaches & Tutors

Rugby Academy Ireland believe that the individual player needs coaching specifically designed for the individual player, therefore we use a variety of coaches and tutors throughout the year. This ensures that the best rugby expertise and education will be directed to the individual player. Below are some of the coaches that will ensure the Academy Program will be of an extremely high quality. We will introduce other coaches throughout the year to facilitate various modules. 

Dan van Zyl

  • Former Springbok International player
  • World Rugby educator
  • Coached Leinster U18, U19 and Woman’s teams
  • Coached Irish students, Irish youths & AIL

Johan Taylor

  • Sri Lanka national coach
  • World Rugby Educator
  • AIL Division 1 Coach
  • Head of Rugby Philippe Saint André Academy

Philippe Saint Andre

  • 69 French Caps
  • Coach of Gloucester, Sale Sharks and Toulon French international coach
  • Founder PSAacademies
  • Media Commentator

Sami Dowling

  • 10 years S&C  coach with Leinster rugby
  • National S&C coach for Irish U18, 19 & Irish women’s teams
  • S&C coach for All Ireland GAA Dublin football
  • Coached athletes for Olympic weight lifting

Johne Murphy

  • Played: Leicester, Munster and Ireland A
  • Player/coach AIL league
  • Skills coach St Mary College
  • Coach Irish Club international team

Bernard Jackman

  • Played Connacht, Leinster, Sale Sharks
  • Irish international player
  • Coached numerous Irish clubs
  • Coached FC Grenoble and Newport Dragons

Will Matthews

  • Played for the Premiership club at 18
  • Played for England U19's and U21's
  • England 7s team on the World series for 3 seasons
  • Stage 4 Head coach in Ireland with Lansdowne FC

Eoin Sherriff

  • Played Irish U/20, Leinster, Saracens, London Irish & Barbarians.
  • London Scottish Lineout Coach
  • Leinster Juniors forwards coach
  • Coach Dublin City University & Presentation College Bray

Nik Abdaladze

  • Georgia International 1994-99
  • Club AIA Georgia
  • Coolmine Youth/Scrum coach 2005-2018

Denis Fogarty

  • Ex Munster Rugby And Ireland A player
  • European Cup winner
  • ProD2 hooker of the year (France)
  • Provence Rugby Academy Coach 2016-2018

Bobby Skinstad

  • Winner rugby World Cup 2007
  • Media commentator incl Sky sports
  • 80/20 mindset program facilitator
  • International Motivational Speaker

Michael Ross

  • 61 Ireland Caps
  • 152 Leinster appearances
  • AIL Coaching experience
  • Ireland Women’s Team Scrum Coach

Thinus Delport

  • Played: Lions, Gloucester, Worcester Warriors, Springbok
  • Coaching: Senior National Club Level
  • Commentator: Sky Sports
  • Initiatives for Youth Sport Trust and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Gary Conway

  • Officiating RWC & six nations U20
  • Officiating PRO 12 league
  • Officiating World Cup qualifier
  • Officiating Heineken Cup
  • Officiating Las Vegas 7’s

Hendre Marnitz

  • Coach Vodacom Cup South Africa
  • Blue Bulls u/21 in South Africa
  • Coach AIL in Ireland (Buccaneers)
  • Current Dragons Defence coach

Reggie Corrigan

  • Former Leinster and Ireland captain
  • B- Scrum coach at Leinster and Ulster
  • Hosting “Dublin’s Talking Sport” on Sunshine radio
  • Media mentor for young players
  • Television presenter for TG4 that also worked with Sky Sports, Setanta sports, Newstalk and RTE

Len Browne

  • M.Sc. in Sports Performance Analysis
  • Head of Performance Analysis at the Mardyke Arena University College Cork
  • Performance analyst to Irish Women’s Rugby Team 2009 to 2014
  • Performance Analyst Irish Clubs 2004 to 2009
  • GAA Level 4 Accredited analyst