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Published: 08:36 | 17/8/16

McQuilkin to leave Leinster

Defence coach Kurt McQuilkin is to leave Leinster ahead of the new season in order to return home to New Zealand.

McQuilkin made 32 appearances for Leinster during his playing career before become defence coach under Michael Cheika, forming part of the backroom team that guided the province to Heineken Cup glory in 2009.

He returned to the province last season and under his stewardship Leinster conceded the least amount of tries in the Guinness PRO12.

He will remain with the province for a short time before returning to New Zealand for personal reasons.

"This is very sad news for Kurt and his family and our priority is supporting Kurt in his decision as best we can. He will be with us for a few more weeks but after that he will head back home with our very best wishes in very trying circumstances and with the thanks of everyone at Leinster Rugby for his stellar contribution over the last 12 months," head coach Leo Cullen said.

"The process of replacing Kurt has already begun but right now our focus is on Kurt and ensuring that his move back home is as seamless as possible.”

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