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Former Leinster boss Matt O'Connor has landed a new job in Australia as an attack coach

Published 04/09/2015 | 12:41

Matt O'Connor
Matt O'Connor

Former Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has been appointed the new attacking coach of the Queensland Reds.

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Leinster made the semi-finals of last season's European Champions Cup, losing to Toulon in Marseille after extra-time, but their domestic form proved to be inconsistent and they failed to make the Pro12 playoffs.

That failure ultimately cost him his job with the province and he has been replaced by Leo Cullen.

O'Connor is back in employment and has a three-year deal with the Reds.

O'Connor said: “Ballymore is one of the true rugby centres in Australia that still exists. It’s exciting to join an organisation with such great Rugby pedigree, history and tradition.

“My family has been overseas for 13 of the last 17 years, so it’s huge to be able to return to Australia and we’re looking forward to making the move to Queensland to join the Reds."

His role as an attack coach may raise some eyebrows given that he was criticised for blunting Leinster's attack during his reign.

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