Transfer News: Bath bring in Leinster coach to bolster backroom staff - Ruck

Transfer News: Bath bring in Leinster coach to bolster backroom staff

Bath have made a significant boost to their coaching structure with the appointment of Girvan Dempsey from Leinster.

Dempsey joins as attack coach and will head to The Rec ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The former Irish international has played a key role in Leo Cullen’s coaching team at Leinster for the past three years as attack coach. During his tenure, the 42-year-old has worked alongside the likes of Stuart Lancaster, Joe Schmidt and Michael Cheika.

In his current role, Dempsey has been influential in driving the formidable attack, which saw Leinster crowned European Champions with a victory over Racing 92 this weekend.

He will join director of rugby Todd Blackadder’s current coaching set-up, which includes Stuart Hooper, Toby Booth and Darren Edwards.

Blackadder said: “This season we’ve learnt a lot about ourselves. We need to be more flexible in our game so that we can better tailor our attack to different opposition.

“Girvan is a fantastic addition to our team and I believe together we can go on to great things, not only next season but for years to come.”

Dempsey said: “I’m really looking forward to starting a new chapter in my coaching career. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Leinster, but I’m excited about what lies ahead with Bath.


They have a world class set-up and playing squad. I will be looking to bring my experiences and knowledge to support Todd and the coaching team in delivering success to this great club.”

Bath chief executive Tarquin McDonald added: “Girvan has been integral to the success of Leinster over the last few years, and we’re delighted to bring someone of his calibre to the club.

“He is a scholar of the game, he has fantastic attacking pedigree, and he has excellent skills as a coaching practitioner. He will contribute enormously to the balance of our coaching team and to the development of our game for 2018/19.”

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