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Stuart Lancaster Rules Out Immediate Return To England

All eyes are on Bilbao this weekend as Leinster and Racing 92 face off in the Champions Cup final. 

Leinster could become just the second side to win the competition four times where they would join French heavyweights Toulouse with that prestigious honour.

The eastern province are favourites for this clash which isn’t surprising due to the excellent form shown throughout the season.

Much of the credit must be given to the coaching ticket which includes Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster. The former England head coach has been a revelation since joining the set-up with the playing squad constantly stating their admiration for the 48-year-old.

Such high praise will often lead to speculation about a coach’s future and Lancaster has been linked with a whole host of roles across the world and none so more than the now vacant job at Harlequins.

John Kingston has left his role at the club after a very disappointing season and many have tipped Lancaster as the man to replace him.

However, Lancaster, when speaking to the media at yesterday’s press conference in UCD, ruled out any immediate job changes.

“I have not had any communication from them (Harlequins) and I have not proactively sought it,” Lancaster told The Irish Independent.

“I am 100 percent committed here. It would also be 100 percent the wrong thing to do to start talking about trying to win something at Leinster and at the same time try and create an opportunity elsewhere. I wouldn’t even contemplate doing it.”

Lancaster remains open to what the future may hold and he doesn’t rule out staying with Leinster for a considerable amount of time.

“I enjoyed working in England, working for England and coaching England was a fantastic experience – great memories. Equally, to come here and coach in the Pro14, in Ireland, has been fantastic. Whether it (the next job) is in France or the southern hemisphere, or stay at Leinster for the next 10 years – who knows? “

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Author: Sean McMahon

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