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Denis Leamy. Photo: INPHO

Denis Leamy. Photo: INPHO

Denis Leamy. Photo: INPHO

Former Munster and Ireland back-row Denis Leamy has joined the Ireland U-20s coaching team.

But the latest development is offset by the fact that Noel McNamara has stepped down as head coach following a hugely successful three-year tenure. McNamara will be replaced at the helm by ex-Ulster and Ireland scrum-half Kieran Campbell, who is set to be promoted from attack coach. Campbell is seen as a natural successor in terms of continuity. Collie Tucker will remain in his role as forwards coach, with Leamy, capped 57 times by Ireland and a two-time Heineken Cup winner with Munster, joining as defence coach.

Former Munster and Ireland out-half Ian Keatley, meanwhile, has left Benetton by mutual consent. The 33-year-old fully intends to extend his playing career and hopes to remain in the PRO14, with Glasgow believed to be a potential destination.

Keatley is set to move to Scotland with his young family.

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