Six Nations Grand Slam winner Larissa Muldoon’s multiple roles demonstrate her passion for coaching.
She was a Grand Slam-winner in 2013, won the Six Nations again in 2015 and played in two Women’s Rugby World Cups, but Ireland scrum-half Larissa Muldoon is now better known as one of the country’s brightest coaching talents.
Muldoon’s current roles are many and varied and include head coach of Ireland Under-18s, the Railway Union club, Trinity College and Dublin City University College, backs coach of Ireland Under-20s, Connacht’s national talent coach and women’s development officer for Leinster Rugby.
Her passion for coaching was developed while Muldoon was a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University where she gained a Master’s degree in Sports Management and Leadership.
“I realised I wanted to get into coaching when I went to university and did some part-time coaching in the community. I really enjoyed giving opportunities for all people to play the game,” Muldoon told World Rugby.
“I enjoy working with different people and helping them to learn and develop on and off the pitch.”
Muldoon’s CV also includes working as Gaelic Games promotions officer for Dublin, having played Gaelic football in Donegal before she took up rugby.
Her participation in the Gallagher High Performance Academy will be the next stage in Muldoon’s sporting journey.
“I hope to learn and grow as an attack/skills coach and to build new relationships, confidence and to develop my leadership styles,” she said.