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

Allison Miller

  • 69 Irish Women 15's International Caps
  • Two Wold Cup 15's and 1 World Cup 7's
  • Irish 7's International Player
  • Women's Barbarian Representative

Johne Murphy

  • Played: Leicester, Munster and Ireland A
  • Player/coach AIL league
  • Senior SCT coach Newbridge 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 and youth coach
  • Coach Wanderers & Presentation College Bray

Bobby Skinstad

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

Denis Fogarty

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

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

Michael Ross

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

Gary Conway

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

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

Ben Swindlehurst

  • Snr Cup Attack/Backs Coach Newbridge College
  • Glenstal Abbey Snr And Junior Coach
  • Munster Rugby Club Community Rugby Officer
  • Naas Skills Coach

BJ Botha

  • Played Ulster, Munster, Lyon and Biarritz
  • Represented South Africa Springboks
  • Played Super Rugby with the Sharks

Nigel Hall

  • Mentored by Mike Cron in Canterbury
  • Represented New Zealand Divisional Fifteen
  • Played Otago, Nottingham, Newport Gwent Dragons
  • Barbarians 4 Caps

Matt Jess

  • Exeter Chiefs as premiership winners
  • Represent England Counties
  • Only player to have played every minute in one premiership season
  • Director MSJ Coaching Ltd

Simon Maisuradze

  • Represented Georgia in U/21 and Senior World Cup
  • Played in France incl. Clermont
  • High Performance Director Georgian Rugby Union

Tony Yapp

  • England A, U21s
  • Exeter and Barbarian
  • Head coach Exeter university and Taunton Titans
  • Coach Dr Dave Alred kicking philosophy through "School of Kicking"

Sebastian Berti

  • Analysis & Skills Coach Chile National Team
  • Club Head Coach Chile National League level
  • Chilean international XV & 7s level
  • County Cornwall (England) Rep. XV & 7s level

Massey Tuhakaraina

  • Head Coach Sweden National 7's
  • Coach Belvedere SCT / De La Selle
  • New Zealand 7's player
  • New Zealand u19 as a player

David Nolan

  • PhD candidate & researcher at Dublin City University
  • International speaker in strength and conditioning
  • Founder of Synapse Performance
  • Experienced S&C coach across multiple sports