Thursday 14 December 2017

Cullen elevates Dempsey to senior role

Girvan Dempsey has been appointed backs coach
Girvan Dempsey has been appointed backs coach

Michael Verney

Leo Cullen's backroom team has been finalised with Girvan Dempsey appointed as backs coach while Richie Murphy parts company with Leinster after accepting a full-time role with the IRFU.

Dempsey brings an impressive CV having guided the Leinster 'A' team to consecutive B&I Cup wins, and helping Academy players like Cathal Marsh and Garry Ringrose break into the senior ranks.

Having operated as Leinster's interim backs coach during the Rugby World Cup, the 82-times Irish international said he is excited to work with the talented players available to him.

"The quality of backs at our disposal is well known. Many of whom are doing a great job at the World Cup with the Irish team at present and I look forward to working with them all over the coming seasons," Dempsey said.

"But I am also hugely energised by the talent that is bubbling away behind the senior set-up and I'm excited to continue that journey that began in the Academy with those lads into the senior set-up.

"Obviously there are challenges with so many of the lads being away at the World Cup but the players in the environment have applied themselves brilliantly and I think you saw that again on Saturday."

Head coach Cullen is delighted to have Dempsey on board while he also paid tribute to skills and kicking coach Murphy.

"Richie is a Leinster man through and through. He has played a very important role in all of Leinster's success over the last few seasons," Cullen observed.

"He has worked incredibly hard in driving standards and helping in the development of our players. We all wish Richie the very best. Both in the short term with Ireland at the World Cup and in the future as he takes on a full-time role with the national team."

Elite player development officers Hugh Hogan and Shaun Berne will take temporary control of Leinster's 'A' team, while Guy Easterby has become head of rugby operations on top of his team manager's role.

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