Michael Bradley (rugby union, born 1962)

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Michael Bradley
Birth nameMichael Bradley
Date of birth (1962-11-17) 17 November 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
1980–1995 Cork Constitution ()
Senior career
1980–1995 Munster 40 (56)
National team(s)
1984–1995 Ireland 40 (21)
Correct as of 8 February 2021 [1]
Teams coached
Ireland (Interim)
Georgia (Defence coach)
CSM București
Correct as of 2 August 2017

Michael Bradley (born 17 November 1962) is a former Munster and Irish rugby union player. He is the current head coach of Italian United Rugby Championship side Zebre.


Playing career

He played primarily at scrum half and was capped 40 times for Ireland, 15 times as captain, scoring 40 points in the process. [2] He made his debut in 1984 against Australia and was a member of the 1985 Triple Crown [3] team. His final game for Ireland was in 1995 against the New Zealand national rugby union team.

Coaching career

Bradley was appointed Irish U-21 coach on a full-time capacity in 2002 by the Irish Rugby Football Union.

In 2003 Bradley was appointed head coach of Connacht Rugby as well as being appointed head coach of Ireland A, positions he held for seven years until leaving Connacht and Irish Rugby in 2010. Under Bradley Connacht Rugby secured qualification to the playoff stages of the Amlin Challenge Cup on six of his seven years in charge, reaching the semi-final on two occasions.

In early 2008, Bradley was appointed the Irish interim head coach and lead the senior international rugby team on their summer tour to New Zealand and Australia.

In 2010 to 2011, Bradley was part of the Georgian International Rugby Coaching team that completed an ENC1 Grand Slam in the 2011 ENC Championship.

In May 2011, Bradley was appointed head coach of Edinburgh on a two-year contract. [4] Under Bradley, Edinburgh Rugby had their must successful season in their history.[ citation needed ] Edinburgh Rugby topped their ERC qualification pool (which included London Irish, Racing Metro 92 and Cardiff Blues) and reached the 2012 Heineken Cup semi final for the first time in their history after overcoming French giants Toulouse (who won the Top14 that year) in the quarter final in the Scottish capital. Edinburgh Rugby lost out to Ulster Rugby in a closely contested semi-final.

In February 2012, Bradley was appointed Scotland A coach and delivered a victory over the England Saxons in the Scottish Borders region with a winning margin of 35 points to nil. Bradley was the assistant head coach of the Georgia national rugby union team from June 2013 until 2016, working as the backs coach and team attack coach. In this period Georgia Rugby won three further ENC1 Grand Slams and achieved automatic pre qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. In January 2017, he was appointed head coach of Romanian club CSM Bucuresti. [5] Ahead of the 2017–18 Pro14 season, Bradley was appointed as the new head coach of Italian side Zebre. In only his first year in charge Zebre have already achieved their best ever season results. [6]

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  2. "Michael Bradley player profile". ESPN Scrum. 28 April 2012.
  3. Rugby Heroes Web Site – http://www.sporting-heroes.net/rugby-heroes/displayhero.asp?HeroID=3184
  4. "Bradley lands job with Edinburgh". RTÉ Sport. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  5. http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/rugby/michael-bradley-to-coach-romanian-club-438462.html [ bare URL ]
  6. "Zebre appoint Bradley". Planet Rugby. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.