Michael Kiely appointed Connacht Rugby Head of Athletic Performance

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced the appointment of Michael Kiely to the role of Head of Athletic Performance.

Kiely joins the club with a wealth of experience in Athletic Performance across multiple sports. He is perhaps best known for his time with the Limerick senior hurling team, where as Head of Athletic Performance until 2021 he played a key role in the county’s three All-Ireland titles in four years.

More recently Kiely spent last season as Athletic Performance Coach with Ulster Rugby. He has also completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Strength & Conditioning.

Kiely has replaced David Howarth who has moved on after five years in the role.

In a statement, Connacht Rugby and IRFU thanked David "for his huge contribution to the club and wishes him every success into the future".