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Girvan Dempsey Linked With Leinster Exit In Today's French Press

Girvan Dempsey Linked With Leinster Exit In Today's French Press
By Gavin Cooney

Despite the disappointment of the Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Clermont in Lyon, in a few weeks Leinster will reflect on a season in which things have improved greatly under Leo Cullen, with the possibility of silverware remaining in the form of the Pro12.

The season has shown that Leinster have as good an academy as any club in Europe, and their coaching ticket is to be envied too: with Leo Cullen and his staff now able to call on the expertise of Stuart Lancaster.

If this morning's reports in Midi Olympique in France are to be believed, however, that Leinster ticket is about to shrink in size, as Girvan Dempsey is linked with a move to the Top 14.

The paper claims that Dempsey is in advanced talks with Bordeaux about a move to the South of France to become the club's new backs coach, with the incumbent Emile N'Tamack believed to be on his way to Toulouse.

Dempsey is currently Leinster's backs coach, having progressed from the role as the club's academy manager in 2015. Should Dempsey make the move, he will work under the head coach and a former Six Nations opponent, Raphael Ibanez.

Dempsey would also maintain an Irish influence at Bordeaux: Ian Madigan is there presently, but will leave for Bristol at the end of the season. Bordeaux have had a difficult season: they were knocked out at the group stages of the Champions Cup, while they currently sit 11th in the Top 14.

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