Munster Rugby Gaming welcomes new head coach & performance director
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Esports players Josh “Furndog” Furneaux and Jon “Just Jon” Ellis have joined Munster Rugby Gaming as the League of Legends head coach and performance director respectively. Prior to joining the esports organization, both players gained experience from the European Regional Leagues (ERL) and the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). Furndog and Just Jon also worked at Excel Esports where they helped develop the OMEN by HP Gaming House. The project encompassed establishing the brand as part of the LEC.

“I’m ecstatic to have another shot at building a project that fully encapsulates my personal philosophy of player development and to do that alongside Jon again makes it all the more special,” Furndog said. He added how they plan to dominate the growing ERL ecosystem and aim to go above and beyond in terms of performance.

Just Jon shared similar sentiments, stating that he cannot wait to work alongside Munster Rugby Club. He added that the organization has the resources and experience available to push esports performance to the next level.

In partnership with the Munster Rugby Club and Phelan Gaming, Munster Rugby Gaming was formed with the goal of putting Ireland on the international esports map.

The CEO of the esports organization, Ciaran Walsh, said he was delighted to welcome Furndog and Just Jon to the team as the League of Legends head coach and performance director.

Walsh recalled how Furndog has always talked about working alongside Just Jon on a high-performance project, and the values upheld by Munster Rugby Gaming only aids in development of such a goal.

“Their ability to develop an amazing practice environment for our team is unrivaled and we look forward to building an ethos centered around elite performance for both our players and staff at Munster Rugby Gaming,” he explained.

As of now, Furndog and Just Jon are training and making preparations for the 2020 Northern League of Legends Championship and the U.K. League of Leagues Championship season.

Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!