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Caputo quits over O'Connor sacking

Published 02/06/2015

The sacking of Matt O'Connor, pictured, has prompted Leinster's scrum coach Marco Caputo to resign
The sacking of Matt O'Connor, pictured, has prompted Leinster's scrum coach Marco Caputo to resign

Marco Caputo has resigned as Leinster's scrum coach, following the province's decision to sack Matt O'Connor.

Leinster have announced Caputo's departure, confirming the assistant coach took the decision to leave the Dublin-based set-up.

Australian boss O'Connor was sacked by Leinster's professional game board on May 21, following the failure to finish inside the Pro12 top four for the first time since 2004.

Caputo took the scrum coaching role at Leinster last summer when Greg Feek replaced John Plumtree in Ireland's set-up.

Leinster are still seeking a permanent replacement for former Leicester coach O'Connor.

"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.

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

"I would like to thank the players and backroom staff at Leinster for their efforts and the supporters for following us through all of last season's highs and lows.

"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."

Chief executive Mick Dawson claimed Leinster are in "no rush" to find a full-time replacement for O'Connor, with Leo Cullen installed as temporary head coach.

"We understand Marco's reasoning and appreciate that the decision was not an easy one to make.

"We would like to thank him for his time with us and the part he played in bringing the team to a European Champions Cup semi-final last season.

"We wish him and his family every success for the future.

"The players and coaching staff finished last week and are now on a break for a few weeks. They are due back on the 1st of July for pre-season training.

"As outlined previously, 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.

"The search for a head coach is ongoing but we are in no immediate rush either. The most important thing is to get the best man for the job."

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