Leinster Rugby have confirmed the appointment of former England head coach Stuart Lancaster into the senior coaching team.
Following a disappointing Rugby World Cup 2015, where England as the home nation crashed out in the group stages, this will mark Lancaster’s first major position back in the game. Lancaster has enjoyed a couple of short term roles with the Atlanta Falcons, British Cycling’s world-class performance programme, the English FA, and South New Zealand RFU Counties Manukau.
Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen said, “The sad departure of Kurt McQuilkin due to family reasons has brought about an opportunity to bring in somebody new to the Leinster Rugby coaching team.
“Stuart brings a wealth of experience and is a highly respected figure in world rugby. We are all looking forward to having Stuart join our team and together helping the players maximise their potential as a group.”
Lancaster joins the Leinster Rugby coaching team as a Senior Coach. We understand Lancaster has a season long contract.
Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson said, “We are always looking at options around resources but once we were made aware of Kurt McQuilkin’s departure, we narrowed our focus and we are delighted that Stuart has agreed to come on board.
“I know, having spoken at length to Stuart, that he is excited by the challenge of getting into club rugby again and the day to day interaction with players. His first session with Leo, Girvan, John and the players will be later on this afternoon.
“We welcome Stuart to the club. I think our supporters are going to be excited by this announcement and we wish him all the very best for the season ahead.”
Lancaster joins head coach Leo Cullen and assistant coaches Girvan Dempsey and John Fogarty.
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