Sunday 18 August 2019

Leinster's John Fogarty to join Ireland set-up in the summer

Scrum coach John Fogarty. Photo: Sportsfile
Scrum coach John Fogarty. Photo: Sportsfile

Harry Clarke

Leinster coach John Fogarty will leave the province to take up a new role as Ireland scrum coach on July 1.

Fogarty 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.

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