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O'Sullivan steps down as US rugby coach

November 16, 2011

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BOULDER, Colorado—Coach Eddie O'Sullivan ended his ties to the U.S. rugby team for a second time when he decided not to reapply for the job on Wednesday.

After resigning as Ireland coach in 2008, O'Sullivan took over the Eagles in 2009 and qualified them for the recent World Cup in New Zealand. They beat Russia for their first World Cup win in eight years. They were also competitive against Ireland and Italy, but were routed by eventual third-placed Australia.

"The Eagles' performance at the Rugby World Cup speaks volumes about him and the way he prepared the team," USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville said.

The Americans went 8-11 in tests under O'Sullivan. He was an Eagles assistant coach at the 1999 World Cup then led Ireland at the next two tournaments.