Friday 15 November 2019

Fully-briefed McBryde jets in to begin scrum role at Leinster

McBryde: New Leinster scrum coach. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
McBryde: New Leinster scrum coach. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Robin McBryde arrived in Dublin yesterday to officially begin his role as Leinster's new scrum coach.

The 49-year-old has replaced John Fogarty who has been promoted to Andy Farrell's new-look Ireland coaching team.

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McBryde's initial arrival at Leinster was delayed due to his World Cup commitments with Wales and then when his mother sadly passed away recently, the province understandably allowed him more time with his family.

The former hooker won 39 caps for Wales across an 11-year period and after impressing during his time working as his country's scrum coach, McBryde is seen as an excellent acquisition for Leinster.

Scenario Munster currently face a similar scenario with Graham Rowntree only arriving in Limerick two weeks ago as the reshuffling of the scrum coaches in the country takes shape.

Fogarty had been with Leinster during pre-season before Trinity College's Seamus Twomey came in and helped out, which Leo Cullen was hugely appreciative of.

The province's scrum has been rock-solid in the early part of the season and as McBryde arrives looking to put his own stamp on things, Cullen explained how he has been kept in the loop ahead of their Champions Cup opener against Benetton on Saturday at the RDS.

"Robin has been on the phone all of the time," the Leinster head coach said.

"He is very respectful of the work that has gone on. He has got so much experience as well. He is used to this period where players just land in on him and he has to get ready for a game.

"He is used to that international rugby, which is kind of what we are getting ready for now.

"Players are landing into us and it's not far off an international type game.

"Treviso have probably got 20-plus Italian internationals in their squad, so he very much understands what that dynamic is like.

"He met a number of players towards the end of last season, just in and around the process of him coming in, in the first place.

"He has even been in communication with a couple of our guys, just to get an understanding of what is going on. He gets the footage of training and all the bits of the game."

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