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Fogarty lined up to replace Caputo

Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30

Fogarty: Leinster move on the cards
Fogarty: Leinster move on the cards

John Fogarty is set to take over from Marco Caputo as Leinster's scrum coach after the province confirmed that the Australian has followed his compatriot Matt O'Connor out the exit door.

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Fogarty, a former Ireland international, is currently working as an elite player development officer with the province and the Irish Independent understands that the Cork native rejected an offer from Connacht to become their forwards coach in favour of remaining with Leinster.

The 37-year old represented Leinster, Munster and Connacht across his nine-year career before being forced into retirement after suffering repeated concussions.

As well as working closely with the Leinster academy, Fogarty is also scrum coach with the Ireland U-20s, who are currently competing in the World Championship in Italy.

Caputo replaced Greg Feek as Leinster's scrum coach but spent just one season in Dublin before resigning from the role yesterday.

"I believe that my decision will give the new coaching and management staff the best chance of a fresh start for the new season," Caputo said. "I have enjoyed the experience immensely and I have loved my short but very eventful 12 months in Ireland and being part of the Leinster environment."

Meanwhile, Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson has said that the province remain " in no immediate rush" to find a replacement for O'Connor, who left "by mutual consent" a fortnight ago.

Irish Independent

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