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Girvan Dempsey appointed Head of Rugby at partner school Colston’s

Former Ireland international, Girvan Dempsey has been appointed Head of Rugby at partner school, Colston’s.

The 45-year-old made 198 appearances for Leinster and won 82 caps for Ireland, before taking up a role as Attack and Backs Coach with Bath in the Gallagher Premiership.

Headmaster, Jeremy McCullough, said: “We were fortunate to attract a very strong field of candidates with impressive qualifications and vast experience of the game.

“However, what really shone through was Girvan’s determination to ensure that all Colston’s rugby players would have a great experience of their school rugby, from our mighty U12 C Team, to those with the potential to pursue rugby as a career.”

Mr Dempsey leaves his post at Bath Rugby at the end of this season, having moved to Bath in 2018 following a very successful period with Leinster Rugby. At Leinster, he was initially Academy Manager and then a part of the senior coaching team that saw Leinster win the Heineken Cup in 2018.

During these playing days, he was also a firm fixture in the Ireland back line, earning 82 caps for his country, playing in the 2003 World Cup and scoring 19 tries; placing him as Ireland’s 4th highest try scorer. Playing at full-back behind Peter Stringer Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara he was part of an Ireland team that secured three Triple Crowns.

Dempsey said: “I was really impressed with the students and staff at Colston’s and it is clear that the school continues to aim very high for its rugby players. The links with Bristol Bears and the beautiful facilities mean I am very much looking forward to building on the school’s great reputation.”

Bristol Bears’ Director of Rugby, Pat Lam, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that one of our feeder schools has managed to secure the services of a such a quality coach and person as Girvan. He will be a tremendous asset to the whole school community, and we look forward to working with Girvan in the coming seasons.”


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