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Nucifora coached Brumbies from 2002-4 leading them to the 2004 Super Rugby title and more recently worked as high performance manager with the Australian Rugby Union.
The Australian will have a wide brief that stretches from the international to the domestic game and his key role will be to ensure the continuing health of Irish Rugby following their 2014 RBS 6 Nations success.
And IRFU chief executive Philip Browne believes that after an extensive search the right man for the job has been found.
"The IRFU is delighted to announce David Nucifora as performance director after a worldwide search for an individual that will help develop and enhance the professional structures within Irish rugby," Browne said in an IRFU statement.
"David's extensive experience in this area will be a significant addition to Irish rugby's continued success in the professional game and ensuring that both playing and coaching talent is developed to ensure a prosperous long-term future for the provincial and national teams."
And, like Browne, Nucifora believes he has taken on the role at a great time for Irish rugby and admitted that he cannot wait to get started.
"Irish rugby is in rude health. Ireland are RBS Six Nations champions and the provinces are performing well in both the domestic and European competitions," Nucifora said.
"That said, there are a number of challenges facing the professional game in Ireland and I am excited by the prospect of playing a role in meeting those challenges.
"I look forward to working with the national and provincial coaches as well as those in charge of the other representative sides."