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O’Sullivan flies the Eagles’ nest

Eddie O’Sullivan confirmed today that he is stepping down as head coach of the US Eagles rugby team.

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EDDIE O’SULLIVAN is already plotting his next move in international rugby after announcing that he is to step down as head coach of the US Eagles.

The former Ireland boss called time on his two-and-a-half years with the American national side today, saying that the time had come for him “to consider other options closer to home.”

O’Sullivan’s manager John Baker confirmed that the 52-year-old had received some “interesting enquiries,” but gave no indication as to where his next stop might be.

O’Sullivan took charge of the American national side in March 2009 and led them through to this year’s Rugby World Cup, including a memorable meeting with Ireland on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The Eagles had a 42% win rate during O’Sullivan’s tenure, the highlight coming in a 13-6 win over Russia in New Plymouth in September.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my two-and-a-half years as head coach to the USA Eagles,” O’Sullivan said today (see ESPN). “It has been a rewarding journey working with all the players and staff.”

I was delighted with our progress and overall performances in the Rugby World Cup, but feel that it is now time for me to consider other options closer to home.

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