Leinster have bolstered their academy setup by adding former Munster flanker Denis Leamy to their coaching staff, Independent.ie understands.
The Tipperary native’s reputation as a coach has rapidly been growing since he was forced into early retirement at the age of 30 due to a hip injury in 2012.
Leamy has since been working with Rockwell College as well as Garryowen in the AIL and Munster’s underage teams.
Leamy, who won 57 caps for Ireland, has seen his reputation as a hard-nosed, forward-thinking coach, grow in recent years and the Tipperary native will be seen as significant loss to Munster.
It is believed that Leamy has been snapped up by Leinster and will work as an elite player development officer (EPDO). He will make the move to the province in the coming weeks, as soon as Graham Rowntree joins the Reds as forwards coach from Georgia.
Leinster’s academy has recently undergone a shake-up with fellow Munster native Noel McNamara taking on the role as academy manager.
McNamara, who is widely regarded as one of the country’s most exciting young coaches, will see Leamy join his staff in a further boost to Leinster’s underage structures.
Leamy has also spent time working as head coach of Cashel RFC as well as being part of Tipperary’s 2016 All-Ireland hurling backroom winning team.
While Munster’s Academy is in good shape with an exciting crop of young players currently coming through, the province will be disappointed to lose a coach with Leamy’s potential.