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My Job In Munster: Ken O’Connell

17th June 2015 By Munster Rugby

My Job In Munster: Ken O’Connell

Former Munster and Ireland player Ken O’Connell is a Coach Development Officer at the province. He lives in White’s Cross, Cork with wife Sharon and their four children, two boys and two girls.

Former Munster and Ireland player Ken O’Connell is a Coach Development Officer at the province. He lives in White’s Cross, Cork with wife Sharon and their four children, two boys and two girls.

When did you join Munster?
I previously played for Munster and Ireland and began working for the province in June 2007.

What do you do?
""I work in the domestic rugby department. I started out as an elite development officer in the academy and have worked with many of Munster's current internationals.?

I was also lucky to be a part of the coaching panel for the British & Irish Cup squad that won the title in Musgrave Park (Irish Independent Park) in 2012.

My role within the domestic game also includes 'Coaching the Coaches' and I am involved in facilitating numerous coaching courses. Recently I qualified as an IRFU tutor and enjoy presenting to the next generation of coaches.

What is the best part of your job?
Working with underage players. I also love being out on the pitch with the underage squads and I find it very rewarding seeing these guys go all the way.

In heading up a three-year programme for the Regional Development Squad at club level, it's great to work with like-minded people who are committed to developing future home-grown professional players which are vital to Munster's future successes.

Most memorable match?
I have two stand out moments – beating Leinster in the B&I Cup semi-final in the RDS in 2012 after extra-time is one of them, and winning the Schools Interprovincial title earlier this season is the other.

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