Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Hopefully he'll still work with our kickers'

Richie Murphy
Richie Murphy

Tom Rooney

Guy Easterby is hopeful that skills coach Richie Murphy will continue some of his work with Leinster despite his new full-time role with the Ireland team.

In another week that saw change at the heart of Leinster, Girvan Dempsey was appointed backs coach on a permanent basis, while Easterby saw his brief as team manager extended to head of rugby operations.

Easterby was effusive in his praise for Murphy, particularly for his work with Johnny Sexton and Ian Madigan since joining the senior set-up in 2010.

And he remains optimistic that Murphy, who is away on World Cup duty, will remain as close as possible to the province.

"Richie is a Leinster man through and through," said Easterby. "He's played a massive role in our success. He's helped to drive standards and he works incredibly hard, and has helped with not only Johnny Sexton, but the development of Mads (Madigan) as a world class goal-kicker.

"It's when he's not there that you'll probably get a feel of how much we'll miss him. What he's done for Leinster over the last 13 years has been incredible.

"Even during this period - where he's been sort of double-jobbing - his ability to come in and out of the environment but not let the standards drop and give everything to both jobs, has been a testament to him as a person and a coach.

"We'll look forward to giving him a proper send-off from Leinster upon his return because he fully deserves that for the amount that he's contributed to our success.

"Hopefully he'll continue to work with the kickers on a more informal basis - we're certainly hoping that's going to be the case."

Former Leinster and Ireland scrum-half Easterby believes Dempsey has earned his full-time position on Leo Cullen's coaching ticket.

"Girv has done a brilliant job as academy manager, and for him to step up into this senior coaching role is a testament to the job he's done, and to way he's handled himself in that role over the last couple of months," he said.

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