Saturday 18 November 2017

Leamy set for Young Munster coaching role

Denis Leamy. Photo: Getty Images
Denis Leamy. Photo: Getty Images

John Fallon

Former Irish international Denis Leamy said he is looking forward to pursuing a coaching role after being appointed to look after the forwards at Young Munster next season.

The 30-year old, who retired in May due to a persistent hip injury, will be assistant to forwards coach John 'Paco' Fitzgerald at the Cookies, where his former Munster colleague Mike Prendergast is head coach.

Leamy said that the role would help him decide whether or not to pursue a coaching career.

"In many ways it will be a nice gentle way to ease into coaching and it will give me an insight into whether I want to go down that road and make a career out of it," said Leamy, who will start pursuing his coaching badges in August.

"It will be completely different for me but I have done bits and pieces of coaching and have worked with Cashel seconds over the years.

"I always found it a good way to stay involved when I was injured. But I know I have a lot to learn."

Leamy won two Heineken Cup medals in his 145 games for Munster and the 2009 Grand Slam was the highlight of his 57 caps for Ireland.

He is the first of the five Munster internationals who have retired in the past six months to go into coaching but it remains to be seen if John Hayes, David Wallace, Jerry Flannery or Mick O'Driscoll follow in his footsteps.

Irish Independent

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