Brian O'Driscoll, Keith Earls and Gordon D'Arcy react to surprise Andy Farrell appointment

Trio welcome ex-England defence coach's arrival

BY Raf Diallo 18:52 Wednesday 6 January 2016, 18:52 6 Jan 2016

Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll celebrate in the dressing room after the Six Nations ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Brian O'Driscoll, Keith Earls and Gordon D'Arcy have welcomed Andy Farrell's addition to the Irish rugby backroom team.

The former England assistant coach was confirmed as an addition to Joe Schmidt's staff, with the 40-year-old taking over defensive responsibilities after the Six Nations. 

Keith Earls has revealed that the Irish players weren't informed of the imminent appointment at this week's training camp in Carton House.


However, the Munster winger is looking forward to working with Farrell.

"I think it's a great appointment. He's an experienced coach and he's an experienced player as well so it should be good for us and hopefully I get to work with him. I admired him personally as a player as well, so please God I get to be in camps with him," said Earls. 

Meanwhile, Off The Ball's premier rugby correspondent Brian O'Driscoll tweeted his thoughts:



O'Driscoll's former Ireland and Leinster centre partner Gordon D'Arcy also welcomed the move:



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