Leinster Rugby Reveal The Identity Of Their New Backs Coach

He’s back.

Leinster Rugby have confirmed, subject to being granted a work permit, that former Leinster Rugby and Argentina player Felipe Contepomi has been appointed the club’s new Backs Coach.

Girvan Dempsey recently left his role as backs coach at the province to take up a similar position at Bath, and will now be replaced by another former player in Contepomi.

Speaking to leinsterrugby.ie this morning, Head Coach Leo Cullen hailed the appointment and looked forward to welcoming his former teammate back to Leinster Rugby and to Dublin.

“We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes to recruit someone we think can build on the work done over the last few seasons, and who can ultimately add to the systems and the processes we already have in place.

“To be able to call on someone of Felipe’s standing, not only within this club but within the game of rugby as a whole, is a huge boost for us as we look towards the season ahead.

“Felipe has spoken so passionately to me about Leinster and wanting to help the players improve so they can achieve their full potential.

“The landscape and the playing group may have changed since he was last here, but the respect that people have for him hasn’t. We are all looking forward to welcoming Felipe back to Leinster Rugby.

“Finally I would like to thank the UAR for their help in this matter and for facilitating Felipe’s release.”

Having joined in 2003, Contepomi played 116 times for Leinster during his time in blue winning a Celtic League title in 2008 and a Heineken Cup title a year later before joining Toulon.

During his time with Leinster he was also nominated for the IRB Player of the Year Award in 2007 and until last season was the record all-time point scorer for the club with 1,225 points.