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Friday 21 July 2017

McGahan on shortlist for Brumbies job

Hugh Farrelly

TONY McGAHAN has been put on the shortlist for the Brumbies coaching job, but the Munster coach is not letting his focus stray beyond Saturday's Magners League showdown with Leinster at a sold-out Thomond Park.

Former South Africa World Cup-winning supremo Jake White is the strong favourite to take over the Australian Super 15 outfit, but the Brumbies insist they are looking at other candidates, with McGahan now understood to be on a hit-list that also contains Ireland backs coach Alan Gaffney and outgoing Bath coach Steve Meehan.

However, it was the challenge of preventing Leinster from chalking up a sixth straight win over their southern rivals that was commanding McGahan's attention yesterday.

"There is no way in the world we can afford to lose this game," said McGahan. "It's not in our 'vocab', it's not in our supporters', and it certainly wouldn't be in our organisation's (vocabulary) to lose any game.

"The be-all and end-all for us is Saturday evening -- one, for ourselves; two, because it's a derby game and three, what it means in the competition."

Irish Independent

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