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McMullan to head up all-new Malone Women's coaching staff ahead of return of Irish club rugby


Jamie McMullan has taken over at Malone (stock photo)

Jamie McMullan has taken over at Malone (stock photo)

Jamie McMullan has taken over at Malone (stock photo)

Malone have announced that Jamie McMullan will head up their new women's coaching set-up at Gibson Park ahead of the new season.

McMullan, who has previously coached with Grosvenor RFC, Grosvenor Grammar School and Loughborough Students and will begin his role once rugby is allowed to resume in the province.

Now he will be tasked with making Malone a force in Irish club rugby, with the club already playing their rugby in Division 1 of the All-Ireland League.

He will be assisted in his role by new defence coach Niamh McHugh, who is also a new addition having worked at Loughborough College, and Malone man Derek McCallion.

"I am delighted to get the opportunity to work with a very exciting group of players who are ambitious and want to progress," said McMullan.

"I am looking forward to starting as soon as we can and provide an opportunity for the ladies to get back to training, playing and enjoying their rugby.”

McHugh comes in with strong credentials having led Loughborough's 2nd XV to an unbeaten season, while she was also involved with the Loughborough Lightning Centre of Excellence development team.

Meanwhile, McCallion has plenty of experience in the women's game having been working with the girls’ section at Gibson Park for the last three years.

Another club man, Joe McAllister, has agreed to take on the role of head of girls' youth coaching and overseeing all four youth teams.

Malone are one of the leading Ulster clubs with regards to women's rugby, offering two adult teams and a female youth section catering for Under-12s to Under-18s.

Current Ireland international Neve Jones came through the Malone system, while 13 of the most recent Ulster squad belong to the club too.

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