Paul McCarthy (rugby union)

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Paul McCarthy
Birth namePaul David McCarthy
Date of birth (1963-08-27) 27 August 1963 (age 58)
Place of birthCork, Ireland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight114 kg (18.0 st; 251 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cork Constitution ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
c.1992–1996 Munster 6+ (0)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992–1993 Ireland 5 (0)

Paul McCarthy (born 27 August 1963) is an Irish former rugby union player and coach.


From Cork, McCarthy represented local amateur club Cork Constitution during his career, playing in the newly formed All-Ireland League in the 1990s, and also played for Munster, featuring in the side that famously beat 1991 Rugby World Cup winners Australia in 1992.[1] McCarthy also won five caps for Ireland between 1992 and 1993, and represented the Barbarians.[2]

Outside of rugby, McCarthy was a business development manager for ABB Ireland, which he combined with a part-time scrum coach role with Munster from the 2002–03 season.[2] From the 2010–11 season, McCarthy was appointed Munster's full-time scrum coach, and spent a week with New Zealand's scrum coach Mike Cron,[3] but due to cost cutting by the province, McCarthy's contract with Munster was not renewed at the end of the 2012–13 season, despite McCarthy having earned widespread praise for his work.[4]


  1. ^ "The Mrsc Catches Up With Paul Mccarthy". Munster Rugby Supporters Club. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The Backroom Teams". The Irish Times. 22 April 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Cron helps out Munster's youngsters". GuinnessPro14. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Foley to pack down with Munster for another year". Irish Examiner. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2019.

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