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'I'd love to go back to Dublin and coach Leinster' - Isa Nacewa


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Former Leinster captain Isa Nacewa. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Leinster captain Isa Nacewa. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Former Leinster captain Isa Nacewa. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Leinster captain Isa Nacewa has admitted that he would relish the chance to coach the province in the future.

Nacewa, who scored 706 points in 183 appearances across two hugely successful spells with Leinster, is currently taking time out of the game, but insisted that he intends to launch a career in coaching.

The 37-year-old has previously spent time working with the Auckland-based Blues as a mental skills coach and while he was in discussions with the Super Rugby club about a potential return following his second retirement in 2018, Nacewa decided that it was best to spend time with his family for the next few years.

However, he revealed that he is still in regular contact with Leinster head coach Leo Cullen and that he was constantly monitoring potential southern hemisphere signings for the club.

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"Would I like to coach Leinster one day? Absolutely. I would love to," Nacewa told the Irish Independent.

"When that time will be, I just don't know. But it's not the last time we will be in Dublin, that's for sure.

"I'll never say never. We love Dublin. We love Ireland. We love Leinster.

"I still get up and watch Leinster matches. I haven't missed many. That's still my go-to. I'll chime in my five cents to Leo every now and then, if he ever asked. But the way they were going this year, it was phenomenal.

"I won't lie, I would always be on the lookout for keen recruits to go to Leinster, if there was ever the right person to fill people's shoes.

"It's nothing formal, but I always stay in contact with Leo. I still get the odd email from Stuart Lancaster every now and then, just sharing ideas on the game. I am always on the lookout for people for them to be connected to. I don't think my bond with Leinster will ever die."

Irish Independent