Friday 19 April 2019

Cullen confirms Ireland want Fogarty as scrum coach


Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Leo Cullen has confirmed that Ireland are interested in hiring Leinster's scrum coach John Fogarty when Greg Feek departs his current post following this year's World Cup.

The Leinster head coach did, however, dismiss the suggestion that Fogarty had already agreed to take on the role - although it is understood that the former hooker is the IRFU's preferred candidate.

Fogarty has been working as Leinster's scrum guru since 2015 and has made no secret of his desire to one day be involved in the national set-up.

"From what I understand, there is interest in John because he's very good at what he does," Cullen said.

"For a number of people across the organisation, when things go well, there's interest from outside. That is where people tend to look when recruiting from the outside.

"I think John was disappointed, shall we say, with some of the comments that appeared during the weekend from certain people because they're not necessarily accurate. He is a man in demand."

Cullen also revealed that Josh van der Flier is expected to have recovered from his groin injury in time for Ireland's World Cup warm-up games, despite undergoing surgery last week, which has ruled him out for the remainder of the season, including Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster.

Meanwhile, Joey Carbery is set to hand Munster a major boost for their trip to Edinburgh as the out-half is winning his race to overcome his hamstring problem.

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