Former Munster Forward Lands National Head Coach Role

New boss.

Former Munster hooker Mark McDermott has been appointed as head coach of the Russian national team on an interim basis. McDermott will take charge of the national side until the end of the Rugby Europe Championship.

The appointment comes in the wake of long-serving boss Alexander Pervukhin handing in his notice. McDermott has previously worked as the IRFU’s national elite player development manager and was also Ireland U21s coach.

Russia have two games left in their Rugby Europe Championship, and have won three of their six games so far in this year’s competition. A spot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup is on the line, with a bonus-point win over Romania on March 3 needed to keep their chances of qualifying alive.

McDermott made 19 appearances for Munster between 1997-2000.