Steve Walsh joins the Club after spending the last five seasons as Head of Athletic Performance with European and Top 14 Champions Toulon.
Steve is an ex–professional Rugby League player with over 30 year’s direct involvement in the game. He has worked at the highest level in both codes including roles at Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Harlequins, Sale Sharks and Toulon. Steve has won the Super League with Leeds and the Top 14 and Heineken Cup, the latter twice, with Toulon. He is regarded as one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the northern hemisphere.
He is an enthusiastic practitioner, who brings a methodical, disciplined, thorough and innovative approach. Steve will work with Rob Palmer who is a Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach and Andre Quinn who returns to London Irish as a Strength and Conditioning coach after previously spending four seasons at Sunbury. Andre was with London Irish between 2008 and 2012 before moving on to Harlequins where he has added to his repertoire.
Brian O’Leary joins as Head of Medical Services, arriving from Ospreys where he has been for the last five seasons. Brian is renowned as one of the best physiotherapists in the game and will head up the medical team when he joins the Club.
London Irish Executive Chairman, David FitzGerald said: “Steve, Brian and Andre combined have a wealth of experience of working with elite athletes at big rugby clubs. It is important that our players are given the best advice, care and treatment off the field to ensure they give their all when they wear the London Irish jersey. These appointments mean that we now have a backroom staff up there with the best in the Premiership to take our Club forward.”