Saturday 19 October 2019

Robin McBryde confirmed as new Leinster scrum coach as John Fogarty departs for Ireland

Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde is in line to join Leinster next season. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde is in line to join Leinster next season. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde will join Leinster's coaching staff after the World Cup in Japan later this year.

Leinster announced their swoop for McBryde, who has been a key part of Wales boss Warren Gatland's support team.

As first reported by The Irish Independent's Ruaidhri O'Connor, McBryde will fill the vacancy at Leinster created by John Fogarty's appointment as Ireland scrum coach.

Gatland, McBryde and attack coach Rob Howley will all leave their Wales posts following the World Cup.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said: "Robin McBryde is a coach and person I have admired for a long time as he went about his business with the Welsh national team, contributing to an unprecedented era of success during his 13-year involvement.

"He will bring a wealth of experience to Leinster after working so closely with, and against, many of the leading forwards in the game.

"We are delighted that Robin has agreed to join our coaching team after this year's World Cup, and I am really excited about getting the opportunity to work closely with him."

Former front-row forward McBryde, who won 37 caps for Wales, has been part of a national coaching team that masterminded three Six Nations Grand Slams.

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The 48-year-old said: "I am delighted to be joining Leinster. They are one of the stand-out teams in Europe, with a strong identity and a proud history.

"I see it as a great opportunity to join a very experienced and exciting coaching team, and to help continue Leinster's great successes.

"I am hugely proud of my time with Wales, and it has been an honour to coach my country."

Current Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac will succeed Gatland after the World Cup, with his coaching staff to feature former Wales internationals Stephen Jones and Jonathan Humphreys.

Fogarty was confirmed as new Ireland scrum coach earlier today. He replaces the outgoing Greg Feek who will step down after this year's World Cup in Japan. He will work across all four provinces to further develop the alignment and deliver a technical program for both scrum and lineout for coaches and players in the elite player pathway.

"I've enjoyed my time in Leinster Rugby," said Fogarty.

"Working with some of the players from a young age and seeing them grow into senior players with Leinster and for some, with Ireland, has been brilliant.

"To get the chance to now develop that further with all four Academies and to work with Andy Farrell and the rest of the Ireland set up is something that I’m very much looking forward to.

"I wouldn't have had this chance though if Leinster Rugby and Leo Cullen hadn't given me the opportunity to work with the Leinster senior team. I am very grateful for that opportunity. I'll miss what we have built here at Leinster but I am equally excited by what lies ahead."

Fogarty has been scrum coach with Leinster since 2015 and was part of the Blues' 2009 Heineken Cup-winning side.

"John has made a significant contribution to Leinster Rugby during his time with the province," said Leinster head coach Leo Cullen.

"His legacy in developing some of the leading forwards in the country should be clear for all to see but John has also brought real personality to his role."

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