Thursday 27 October 2016

Matt O'Connor quits Leinster after a disappointing season


LEINSTER head coach Matt O'Connor has left the province following a disappointing show by the team this season.

The Australian (inset) has been at the helm of the Leinster set-up since taking over from Joe Schmidt in 2013.

Players were informed of his departure at a meeting this morning which will see his contract ended a year early.

O'Connor guided the Blues to victory in the Guinness Pro12 in his first season at the province, but this year the team missed out on a play-off spot.

There was bigger success in Europe with Leinster exiting at the Rugby Champions Cup at the semi-final stage, losing out to Toulon.

In a statement O'Connor said that he was "disappointed and frustrated" with the team's form in the Pro12.

However he said that the team and coaching staff could be proud of their campaign in Europe.


Former Leinster captain Leo Cullen will step in to the hot-seat until a replacement for O'Connor is found.

The search is already under way.

Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson said that O'Connor would leave Leinster with the best wishes.

"We wish Matt the very best of luck for the future and thank him sincerely for his contribution to Leinster," he said.

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