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Leinster’s model carries an increasingly global appeal, but they are still its standard bearers

Jonathan Bradley


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More and more teams are attempting to follow Stuart Lancaster's blueprint

More and more teams are attempting to follow Stuart Lancaster's blueprint

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More and more teams are attempting to follow Stuart Lancaster's blueprint

Given Bath’s travails at the bottom of the English Premiership this season, there were more than a few eyebrows raised earlier in the campaign when it was confirmed that Munster’s head coach Johann van Graan would be swapping Thomond Park for the Rec next year.

Even for all their rich history, quite what the appeal of taking over a club in such seemingly poor health was something of a mystery.


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