Former Dolphin & Munster legend James Coughlan has made another significant step in his coaching career. In June it was announced that he was parting ways with Brive as Defence Coach after one season, by mutual consent. We all wondered what this meant for Chucken, until it was announced on 26th July that he was joining  the French heavyweights, and three time Heineken Cup winners, Toulon.

Toulon general manager Patrice Collazo said: “James has a lot of experience at a great European club. He is a real added value for the players and the staff to whom he will bring his experience and rigour.”

“Here he will be dealing with defence and individual technique of the forwards. James is what we call a transition coach, since he will also be working on the training centre.”