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Leicester boss backs O'Connor for Leinster job

LEICESTER'S Richard Cockerill has given his Australian coach, Matt O'Connor, his blessing to join Leinster in the summer.

"I am aware of the interest in Matt. He's been over to see them. It is a fantastic job," said Cockerill, the Director of Rugby at the Premiership club.

"If he goes to Leinster, and the likelihood is that will happen, he goes with our best wishes," said the former England hooker.

"He's been very good for us for the last five years. I suppose the next step for him is to go and do a head coach's job at a big club."