Declan Kidney won the Six Nations Grand Slam with Ireland in 2009

Former Ireland head coach Declan Kidney is the new director of rugby at relegated London Irish.

Kidney managed the Exiles from 2008 to 2013 and has been a technical consultant with the club since March.

Nick Kennedy, the former rugby director at the Madejski Stadium, left in March with Irish bottom of the Premiership.

“We are very enthusiastic about the commitment shown by a talented young breed of players to London Irish,” said 58-year-old Kidney.