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Published: 10:10 | 5/9/16

Lancaster to join Leinster

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster has joined the Leinster senior coaching team.

Defence coach Kurt McQuilkin's return to New Zealand has paved the way for Lancaster to joining the coaching team with immediate effect until the end of the season.

After being forced to retire from playing due to injury, Lancaster moved into coaching with the Leeds Academy and Leeds Carnegie before taking up the position as the RFU's Head of Elite Player Development in 2008.

The role included coaching the England Saxons and in 2011 he was appointed as England head coach, leading the team through four Six Nations campaigns and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He stepped down from the position following the team's early exit from the tournament and had held talks with Toulon over a return to full-time coaching.

"We are always looking at options around resources but once we were made aware of Kurt McQuilkin's departure, we narrowed our focus and we are delighted that Stuart has agreed to come on board," Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson confirmed.

"I know, having spoken at length to Stuart, that he is excited by the challenge of getting into club rugby again and the day to day interaction with players. His first session with Leo, Girvan, John and the players will be later on this afternoon.

"We welcome Stuart to the club. I think our supporters are going to be excited by this announcement and we wish him all the very best for the season ahead.”

Head coach Leo Cullen added: "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.”

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