Former Leinster hooker Bernard Jackman will try and move his coaching career forward with Grenoble in France’s Pro D2 on a two month contract starting on 1 July. He will work primarily on skills and defence.
If in that time he can prove his worth and form the basis of a relationship with head coach Fabrice Landreau – whose English would be a lot better than Jackman’s French – then there is the prospect of a contract at a later date. Jackman’s family commitments however will keep him in Ireland until the New Year at least .
Landreau won four caps for France and hooked for Stade Francais and has a budget of €8m to work with. He will be under pressure to deliver the team into the Top 14. They finished runners-up to Lyon in Pro D2 this season but then lost out to fifth-placed Bordeaux in the play-offs.
Jackman will head to New Zealand next week as earlier planned to learn from the coaching set-ups in Otago, Canterbury and Auckland before returning to prepare for the move to France. After two seasons with Clontarf, where his position appeared to be safe after recovering from relegation last year to get the side to the AIL semi-finals, he needs the next three months to be the most productive of his coaching career to date.