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Wales Coach Robin McBryde To Replace John Fogarty At Leinster

Wales assistant coach, Robin McBryde, will replace John Fogarty at Leinster when he becomes Ireland scrum coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Fogarty will also take up the role of IRFU National Academy forwards coach from July 1, working across all four provinces “to further develop the alignment and deliver a technical programme for both scrum and lineout for coaches and players in the elite player pathway”.

He was appointed by Leinster as scrum coach in June 2015 after serving as an Elite Player Development coach with the IRFU for four years, Fogarty has also coached at Ireland Under-20 level and with Leinster ‘A’ while he is also a former Heineken Cup winner with Leinster.

Fogarty also represented both Munster and Connacht at senior level and was capped for Ireland against New Zealand in 2010.

Commenting on his appointment, Fogarty said he was excited for his new challenge.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in Leinster Rugby. 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 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.”

Meanwhile, Leinster have confirmed that Robin McBryde will join Leinster as Assistant Coach after the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

McBryde is a former Llanelli and later Scarlets hooker who played over 250 games for his region. He was capped 37 times by Wales and played in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He was also part of the 2005 Grand Slam winning Wales team and was called up to the British & Irish Lions tour in 2001 but had to withdraw due to injury.

He also acted as Wales head coach during the North American tour of Canada and USA in 2009 while Warren Gatland and Rob Howley were on British & Irish Lions duty in South Africa and did the same on the tour to Japan in 2013 while Gatland was again involved in the Lions tour of Australia.

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