Friday 22 September 2017

Leinster close in on new scrum coach to replace Feek

Leinster scrum coach Greg Feek
Leinster scrum coach Greg Feek
Australia's Kane Douglas
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Leinster are "pretty close" to appointing a new scrum coach, according to coach Matt O'Connor, who says a deal with Australian second-row Kane Douglas is not yet finalised.

Current scrum coach Greg Feek is moving to the Ireland set-up on a full-time basis at the end of the season, leaving a vacancy that the Pro12 champions are close to filling.

"We are pretty close to signing and announcing something in relation to that. We are a long way down the road on all of those, so it shouldn't be too far away," O'Connor said, before admitting Douglas was on Leinster's radar.

"He's a guy we have identified. The deal hasn't been done.

"If that gets across the line it would be positive for us. He fits the profile we were looking at, and we have an announcement in the next couple of weeks hopefully.

"We knew we were going to go after a high profile lock early in the season given Leo Cullen's departure to the coaching staff.

"We identified a skill-set we were after and a handful of guys and we are pretty close to making an announcement."

Fergus McFadden could return to action this weekend against Edinburgh, but Luke Fitzgerald remains a major doubt after being withdrawn from the match-day squad to face Ulster on Friday.

Irish Independent

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