Leinster appoint two new coaches but no word on top job
John Fogarty and Kurt McQuilkin come in as scrum coach and defence coach
John Fogarty is currently in Italy with the Ireland Under-20s but will take on the role of Leinster scrum coach with Kurt McQuilkin coming in as a defence coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
Leinster have confirmed the appointment of an additional two senior coaches for the upcoming 2015/’16 season but are yet to reveal who will replace Matt O’Connor as head coach.
John Fogarty has been promoted from Elite Player Development Officer to the role of scrum coach after the departure of Marco Caputo, while former Leinster captain and defence coach Kurt McQuilkin will re-join the province on a short term contract as defence coach.
The province are due to start pre-season training in two weeks and Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson today commented on what the new coaches will bring to the set-up.
“Top of the list was a need to put in place the resources to support Leo in his role as Head Coach and indeed Dan Tobin as Head of Fitness for the pre-season programme that they have planned. With Marco Caputo no longer here with us at Leinster and Richie Murphy being with Ireland as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup, there was always going to be a need to recruit and to recruit well ahead of the season.
“We believe that we have done that and in John and Kurt we have two coaches who understand what it takes to be a Leinster player and a successful one at that. They have also impressive coaching CVs and are very well respected within Leinster.
Fogarty is currently in Italy with the Irish Under-20 team, where he is a forwards coach.
There is no doubting his provincial rugby pedigree however.
The 37-year-oldwon a Heineken Cup with Leinster in 2009, played a total of 160 professional games for Munster, Connacht and Leinster and was capped by Ireland in the tour to New Zealand in 2010. He retired later in 2010 but was subsequently retained by Leinster as an Elite Player Development Officer.
McQuilkin is also a former Leinster player and captain and was also a defence coach under Michael Cheika and was part of the backroom team that brought a first ever Heineken Cup to the province in 2009.
The former Lansdowne FC club man who played 32 times for Leinster and was capped five times by Ireland in the mid-nineties, will join the club in time for pre-season training which starts on Wednesday July 1st.