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Saturday 3 December 2016

Scrum coach Caputo's leaves Leinster

Marco Kaput
Marco Kaput

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo has left the province.

Essentially, the Australian was brought in as Matt O'Connor's man last year to succeed Greg Feek, who had moved exclusively to Ireland.

"Over the last few weeks, I took the time to seek out the opinions and thoughts of various people both inside and outside the Leinster Rugby environment about my future," he said.

"I believe that my decision will give the new coaching and management staff the best chance of a fresh start for the new season."

While Caputo took time to make progress with his scrummaging philosophy, Leinster showed strong signs of real development in the second half of the season, most noticeably against Toulon in the Champions Cup semi-final.

"I have enjoyed the experience immensely and I have loved my short but very eventful 12 months in Ireland and being part of the Leinster environment."

Caputo made a distinct impression as his own man, occasionally driftnig off-script at press conferecnes to give his open and honest opinion.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Mick Dawson has confirmed Leinster are "in no immediate rush" to find the successor to O'Connor.

"The most important thing is to get the best man for the job," he said.

"Leo Cullen is in place as Head Coach and both he and Head of Fitness Dan Tobin will oversee the pre-season regime with the Leinster players not involved with Ireland."

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