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    Former Irish coach Davidson dies
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    Former Ireland and Ulster coach Jimmy Davidson died peacefully on Saturday after a long illness. He was 64.
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    Davidson was said to be a coach well ahead of his time with many of his ideas now utilised in the modern game.
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    He took over an average Ulster squad back in 1983 and
    proceeded to guide them to three successive inter-provincial Grand Slam
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    As a flanker he won six caps for Ireland and had a three-year spell as national coach from 1987 to 1990.
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    However, those were not particularly happy days for
    Davidson whose ideas for Irish rugby were not seriously taken on board
    by the IRFU, nor by some players.
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    It was as if he realised the way the game was going to
    evolve, as he recommended a regime of diet, weight training,
    conditioning and regular fitness testing of players.
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    He wanted to play a high-tempo game where endurance,
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    In the main he achieved those goals turning the majority of the players at his disposal into genuine athletes.
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    Davidson was born in Armagh in October 1942 before moving to the West Country as a toddler.
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    Although living in Western-super-Mare, he was schooled
    in Bristol where he came under the influence of Welshman Alwyn Price at
    St Brendan's College, a rugby institution of some note.
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    I might not be much of a player, but boy I played and coached some crackers
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    R.I.P.
    "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too ?" - Douglas Adams

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      #3
      We'd be tearing our collective hair out at his one-eyed comments on the BBC NI panel but he seemed a nice man. RIP.

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        #4
        Sad to read this. RIP
        Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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          I remember his Ulster team in the 80s when they beat the other provinces almost in their sleep. He made a definite contribution to the game at that time. His spell as Irish coach, like many before and after him, had to deal with what talent, infrastructure and support that he had available.


          Sad news definitely. RIP.


          "I don't believe in fairytales," O'Connell once told me, "even though it feels like I've been lucky enough to live through a few. However it ends, I'll feel lucky."
          Donald McRae, Guardian Rugby, October 2015

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            #6


            Sad to read this.


            He semed like a nice guy and was a brilliant coach.


            RIP

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