No head coach yet but Fogarty joins new faces in Leinster mix
Published 16/06/2015 | 02:30
New Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty is relishing his new role with the province ahead of the beginning of pre-season.
As first reported by the Irish Independent on June 2, the former Ireland international will replace Marco Caputo who left his post following the sacking of his Australian compatriot, Matt O'Connor.
Since his premature retirement from rugby (due to repeated concussions) in 2010, Fogarty has been working as Elite Player Development Officer with Leinster as well as acting as forwards coach for the 'A' side who won the British and Irish Cup in 2013 and 2014.
The 37-year-old is currently working with the Ireland U-20s at the World Championship under Nigel Carolan and he admitted that his focus lies with that until the tournament finishes on Saturday.
"It's a role that I am very much looking forward to although obviously with commitments here in Italy I haven't really begun to focus on it yet," he said.
"But that will come and I can't wait to start working with Leo (Cullen) and the rest of the senior coaching set-up. For now my focus is on seeing out the rest of the U-20s Championship with Nigel and the players here and doing the best we can."
Leinster have also, as expected, confirmed the arrival of Kurt McQuilkin as defence coach on a short-term deal.
Although the province did not specify the length of either coach's contract, it is understood that McQuilkin will stay for two months with a view to a possible longer deal.
The former centre who won five caps for Ireland has already had a stint with Leinster as a coach as well as a player.
He worked under Michael Cheika in 2009 - the year the province won their first Heineken Cup.
"Obviously a lot has changed since I was involved last in terms of personnel and coaching staff but I am looking forward to the challenge and to helping out as best as I can," McQuilkin commented.
"I obviously know Leo and Girvan (Dempsey) very well and John too, so I hope that we can perform as a coaching team for the time that we have together and make sure that Leinster are in the best possible shape to take on the Guinness Pro12 on the first weekend in September."
Another former player in Shaun Berne also returns to the province in a coaching capacity.
Berne, who played 23 times for Leinster, will replace Wayne Mitchell as Elite Player Development Officer.
The Leinster squad are due back for pre-season training on July 1 with the province still searching for a new head coach.