Les Kiss joined London Irish in March 2018 as head coach. Les is vastly experienced with a coaching career covering more than 15 years. After helping the New South Wales Waratahs reach two Super Rugby finals, the culmination of a six-year period on the coaching staff at the Sydney Football Stadium, he headed north as Kidney’s defence coach with the Ireland national team, a position he also held with South Africa in 2001/02.

Les worked with Declan Kidney between 2008 and 2013, and the Australian remained with the national team until 2015. In 2014 and 2015 he won back-to-back Six Nations titles working alongside Joe Schmidt. After the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Kiss joined Ulster as director of rugby and guided the Belfast-based outfit to the 2016 Pro 12 semi-finals, before leaving Ravenhill on amicable terms in January 2018.