Tuesday 16 July 2019

Wallabies add Berne to setup

Shaun Berne
Shaun Berne
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Former Leinster out-half Shaun Berne has joined Michael Cheika's Australian back-room team.

The 40-year old, who played 23 times for Leinster between 2009 and 201, has replaced the Munster-bound Stephen Larkham as attack coach.

Cheika and Larkham infamously fell out over differences in attacking philosophies, with the latter controversially being axed ahead of the World Cup. Berne has been working as attack coach with the Melbourne Rebels.

Well-travelled Berne enjoyed spells as a player with Bath, the Waratahs, and Calvisano as well as Leinster before he began his coaching career as the province's 'A' coach in 2015.

"This is a huge opportunity for me personally but more importantly, I want to do whatever I can to make the Wallabies successful this year," he said.

"I want to contribute to the team by focusing on the things that will serve us best when we are under pressure, like passing, catching, alignment, running lines and deception on and off the ball. I just want to add wherever I can to the coaching team around me - it sounds simple but simple things done really well, all the time, will get us to where Cheika wants us to be as a team."

Elsewhere, Johnny McPhillips has joined Leicester Tigers from Ulster. The former Ireland U-20s out-half becomes the second Irish back to join the Geordan Murphy-coached English club this summer, as he follows Leinster's Noel Reid to Welford Road.

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