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McCall tipped to be leading contender for Ireland role


By Adam McKendry

Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth believes Mark McCall would be the perfect fit for the Ireland job.

Ulsterman McCall, who is a former player and coach of his native province, has brought vast success to the London club since taking over as Director of Rugby.

Under McCall, Saracens have won three Premierships, two European Cups and an Anglo-Welsh Cup, and are regarded as one of the best club sides in Europe.

With rumours that current Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will leave the role after the 2019 World Cup in Japan, England ace Wigglesworth believes McCall should be up for the job.

"Absolutely, any coach who has had sustained success has obviously got a lot more right than wrong," he said.

"With that comes a lot of experience, he's been through everything now, he's been through putting a team together, he's been through building it all from the beginning. He's been through losing finals, winning, all of the challenges that come with it.

"I'm sure when you've been through all of that sort of stuff, if a top job comes up then I'd imagine he'll be near the top of the list."

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