Amazingly, Matt O'Connor Has Been Named The Coach Of Another Rugby Team

Amazingly, Matt O'Connor Has Been Named The Coach Of Another Rugby Team

The much maligned Matt O'Connor is back in a head coaching job. The former Leinster head coach got a job very quickly as a backs coach with the Queensland Reds.

After just two games of the Super Rugby season, the Reds fired their head coach Richard Graham after struggling through last season and O'Connor has been named as a co-interim head coach.

It seems bizarre, not only after looking at the damage he did to Leinster Rugby - but also because of how turgid the talented Reds backs have been under O'Connor's tutelage. O'Connor has managed to turn the human wrecking ball Samu Kerevi into a slow moving tractor, and he's as adverse to playing youngsters as he was in Leinster despite the Queensland academy churning out some amazing talent.

The Reds were hammered in their opening two games to the Waratahs and at home to the Force - scoring just 16 points.


Leinster have managed to improve significantly since O'Connor's departure, and that's in no small part to the youngsters who are now getting a chance because he's left. The likes of Josh van der Flier, Luke McGrath, Dan Leavy, James Tracey, and Peter Dooley were left in limbo under O'Connor and have flourished after Leo Cullen gave them an opportunity.

We'll see how long it takes the Reds to realise that O'Connor needs to change his ways if he is to be successful.

See Also: Leinster Fans Might Have A Few Things To Say About Matt O'Connor's New Job

Conor O'Leary
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