Saturday 19 October 2019

Felipe Contepomi returns to Leinster as the province's new backs coach

Felipe Contepomi. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Felipe Contepomi. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Former Argentinean outhalf Felipe Contepomi has returned to Leinster to become the province's backs coach

He replaces Girvan Dempsey, who will be joining Bath Rugby as an attack coach ahead of the 2018/19 season.

During his time in Leinster, Contepomi played 116 times amassing 1,225 points, a club record that was only surpassed by Johnny Sexton last year, and a Celtic League title in 2008 and a Heineken Cup title a year later before joining Toulon.

Internationally he won 87 caps for Argentina and was a key member of the team that finished third in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He was inducted into the World Rugby Hall Of Fame in 2017.

For the last few seasons he has been working back home in Buenos Aires with the Argentinian Rugby Union as Head Coach of the Argentina XV for 2017/18 and with the Jaguares in Super Rugby.

Speaking about his appointment, which is subject to receiving a work permit, he said: “The UAR gave me the opportunity to develop as a coach in recent years and have now allowed me the opportunity to face this new challenge in Leinster Rugby. I only have words of thanks for the Union.

“I spent much of my playing career at Leinster and now I’ll be back in Dublin to join a great staff and to work with great players. All this is a huge motivation and it will be a great experience to continue growing as a coach.

“I also want to thank the people who worked with me over the last few years and especially, the players I had in Argentina XV, for the commitment they had and their desire to learn, because they gave me the opportunity to become a better coach and person.”

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Commenting on the appointment, Leo Cullen said: “We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes to recruit someone we think can build on the work done over the last few seasons, and who can ultimately add to the systems and the processes we already have in place.

“To be able to call on someone of Felipe’s standing, not only within this club but within the game of rugby as a whole, is a huge boost for us as we look towards the season ahead.

“Felipe has spoken so passionately to me about Leinster and wanting to help the players improve so they can achieve their full potential.

“The landscape and the playing group may have changed since he was last here, but the respect that people have for him hasn’t. We are all looking forward to welcoming Felipe back to Leinster Rugby.

“Finally I would like to thank the UAR for their help in this matter and for facilitating Felipe’s release.”

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