Monday 22 May 2017

Leo Cullen has added a former Ireland international to his Leinster coaching team

Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey during squad training
Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey during squad training

Leinster have confirmed the appointment of Girvan Dempsey as backs coach to Leo Cullen's team while Richie Murphy will leave the Blues to take up a full-time role with the IRFU.

Dempsey has worked as Leinster's Academy Director since 2012 and his new role will bring him up until the end of the 2016/17 season.

"I've really enjoyed the last few months and being involved with the senior team on a daily basis and I'm delighted that Leinster have offered me the role going forward," said Dempsey.

"We have a busy schedule ahead of us and obviously there are challenges with so many of the lads being away at the World Cup but the players in the environment have applied themselves brilliantly and I think you saw that again on Saturday.”

While Dempsey will no longer be a part of the Academy, he is eager to work with the talent that is coming through in the next few years.

"The quality of backs at our disposal is well known. Many of whom are doing a great job at the World Cup with the Irish team at present and I look forward to working with them all over the coming seasons," added Dempsey.

"But I am also hugely energised by the talent that is bubbling away behind the senior set up and I'm excited to continue that journey that began in the Academy with those lads into the senior set up.”

In confirming the make-up of his coaching team, Leo Cullen paid tribute to Richie Murphy who has been working with the senior team in a full time capacity since June 2010 as skills and kicking coach. 

Leinster defence coach Kurt McQuilkin (left) with fellow coaching staff members Richie Murphy (skills & kicking), John Fogarty (scrum ), Girvan Dempsey (backs) and Leo Cullen
Leinster defence coach Kurt McQuilkin (left) with fellow coaching staff members Richie Murphy (skills & kicking), John Fogarty (scrum ), Girvan Dempsey (backs) and Leo Cullen

"Richie is a Leinster man through and through. He has played a very important role in all of Leinster's success over the last few seasons. He has worked incredibly hard in driving standards and helping in the development of our players. We all wish Richie the very best in the short term with Ireland at the World Cup and in to the future as he takes on a full time role with the National Team.”

And Cullen is delighted to secure the services of Dempsey.

"Girvan had an amazingly successful career as a player with both Leinster and Ireland. Since his retirement in 2010 from playing Girvan has played a vital role in developing much of the talent that you see today with his work as Elite Player Development Officer and more recently as Academy Manager and Leinster A team coach," said Cullen.

"After a successful coaching stint with Emerging Ireland in June we are delighted that Girvan has agreed to join the Senior Coaching Group on a full-time basis.”

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