Tom Tierney, a former player for the Galwegians and Connacht as well as the former manager of the Irish Women’s team, passed away at the age of 46.
What Happened to Tom Tierney?
Former Munster and Ireland scrum-half Tom Tierney have died: With the passing of former Ireland and Leicester Tigers scrum-half Tom Tierney at the age of 46, condolences have poured in.
At the 1999 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal playoffs, Tierney scored in Ireland’s 44-14 victory over Romania as a member of the team that advanced to that stage.
He received eight caps over the course of two years, but in 2000, a fellow Limerick native named Peter Stringer beat him out for the starting spot. He never played again for the national team.
Tom Tierney Cause of Death
The tragic passing of Tom Tierney has shocked Munster Rugby, the IRFU, and Connacht Rugby. He was 46. The scrum-half, who was capped eight times for Ireland and started four games at the 1999 World Cup, passed away overnight.
Tom Tierney Career
Tom had a distinguished playing career that spanned from 2004 to 2008 and included stops with Connacht, Galwegians, Richmond, Garryowen, Munster, and Leicester Tigers.
In June 1999, the scrum half made his international debut for Ireland. He went on to earn eight caps, including four in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, when he scored a try in the team’s Pool E victory over Romania.
After making the switch to coaching, the native of Limerick held head coaching positions with the Ireland Club XV team, Garryowen, Crescent College Comprehensive SJ, and Cork Constitution.
He had worked for the IRFU since 2014, holding coaching positions with the Ireland Men’s U19 and U20, Women’s 7s, and Women’s 15s teams for three years. Among his accolades was the 2015 Women’s Six Nations Championship.
Since 2021, he has been working with Munster Rugby’s Academy players out of the High-Performance Centre as the IRFU National Talent Coach.