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John Fogarty Leaving Leinster To Become Ireland Scrum Coach

John Fogarty Leaving Leinster To Become Ireland Scrum Coach

John Fogarty will leave Leinster this summer to take up a role with the IRFU.

Fogarty will take over from Greg Feek as Ireland scrum coach following the World Cup. From July 1st, he will also become the IRFU's National Academy forwards coach.

The 41-year-old has been Leinster scrum coach since 2015. He has been linked with becoming a part of Andy Farrell's post-Joe Schmidt Ireland backroom team for several months.

"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 provincial teams 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.

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A hooker during his playing years, he won a Heineken Cup with Leinster in 2009 and one cap for Ireland against the All Blacks in 2010.

Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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