Monday, September 5, 2016

Stuart Lancaster joins Leinster Rugby

Leinster have annouced that former England headcoach Stuart Lancaster is to join their ranks. 

Speaking to Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen said, "The sad departure of Kurt McQuilkin due to family reasons has brought about an opportunity to bring in somebody new to the Leinster Rugby coaching team. "Stuart brings a wealth of experience and is a highly respected figure in world rugby. We are all looking forward to having Stuart join our team and together helping the players maximise their potential as a group."

Lancaster, 46, is a former Leeds Tykes player and played representative rugby with Scotland at age grade level. Having been forced to retire due to injury at the age of 30, the qualified teacher moved into coaching and had roles with the Leeds Academy and Leeds Carnegie before being appointed as the RFU's Head of Elite Player Development in 2008 which included coaching the England Saxons. 

He was appointed to the role of England head coach in 2011 and led the team through four 6 Nations campaigns and a Rugby World Cup in 2015. Since leaving his position with the English team in 2015, Lancaster has had short term roles with the Atlanta Falcons, with British Cycling's world-class performance programme, with the English FA and most recently with Counties Manukau in the Mitre 10 Cup in New Zealand.