Rugby

D'Arcy backs Lancaster to have an impact

2016-09-14 13:51
Stuart Lancaster (Gallo)

London - Former Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy is hopeful that the addition of Stuart Lancaster to the coaching staff will help improve their results this season.

D'Arcy, who also played 82 Tests for Ireland, believes former England coach Lancaster's arrival will give Leinster a welcome boost after some tough times last season.

"You’ve got to say he brings an awful lot to the table. He has coached at international level with probably the most scrutinised team behind the All Blacks in world rugby, and has proven his ability to do it,” D’Arcy told the42.

"The best way to look at it is if you take away the last World Cup, which is about 5%-10% of his tenure, he was an incredibly successful coach, and the most successful English coach since Clive Woodward. He has shown amazing strength of character to come in and work under a very young head coach, and again that same compliment goes to Leo Cullen, that he is happy to bring an international head coach to work as a senior coach with him."

Lancaster was brought in after defence coach Kurt McQuilkin left Leinster to return to New Zealand for personal reasons. However, D'Arcy says Lancaster is likely to have a bigger role than just that of defence coach.

"I wouldn’t say he is going to be completely pigeonholed (as a defensive coach), he has a wealth of coaching experience. He is going to be helping Girvan (Dempsey) with the backs, he will probably be helping with the attack too, but he is not just going to be a defensive coach. He will be developing a lot of facets to their game."

Read more on:    stuart lancaster  |  gordon d'arcy  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
Vote

Jake White will leave his job as Montpellier coach next year. Where would you like to see the former Springbok coach, coach next?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.