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Sooner or later, a call from David Nucifora will cause a huge conflict in Irish rugby

Neil Francis


Salanoa episode is relatively minor but he's the latest in a long line Leinster have lost

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IRFU performance director David Nucifora alongside former head coach Joe Schmidt during last year’s World Cup. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

IRFU performance director David Nucifora alongside former head coach Joe Schmidt during last year’s World Cup. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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IRFU performance director David Nucifora alongside former head coach Joe Schmidt during last year’s World Cup. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

In 2003, Gary Ella was appointed head coach of Leinster Rugby. It was a daft appointment and the Australian was bundled out at the end of the season after winning 46 per cent of his fixtures.

Whilst he presided over this mediocrity he made the suggestion that the Leinster Senior Schools Cup competition should be changed around and turned into a league format. Quite a number of the usual lemmings thought this was a great idea and pushed for it.

The Leinster Schools Senior Cup was inaugurated in 1887 and had nearly a 120 years of history in its fabled existence and some blow-in has the temerity to try and fundamentally change the principle of the competition. The schools stoutly resisted and nine months later Ella is shown the gate. The Cup format - apart from the open draw - is still fundamentally the same.