Leinster: Andrew Goodman will join the club as an assistant coach as Felipe Contepomi leaves for Argentina

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New Zealander Andrew Goodman will take over from Felipe Contepomi as Leinster’s assistant coach next season, it has been confirmed.

Contepomi leaves the Irish province to take up a role on the Argentina coaching team with Michael Cheika, while Goodman, who has 17 appearances for Leinster, will move from the Crusaders and Samoan coaching staff.

Valuable experience

Coach Leo Cullen is thrilled with the appointment and expects Goodman’s diverse experiences to contribute positively to the coaching team and club.

“Andrew was unlucky with injuries when at Leinster, especially in that second season, but he left a lasting impression and he and I got on very well during rehabilitation sessions that we were both unfortunately part of during that time,” said Cullen.

“Since leaving Leinster, I’ve followed his coaching career very closely and have kept in touch. Obviously, he was with the Tasman Makos, but most recently with the Crusaders and also with the Samoan national team.

“That experience of different environments at club level and international level is something that we hope will add further value to everyone at Leinster.

“We are delighted Andrew will be joining our coaching group as he is very highly regarded by those who he has worked with. We look forward to welcoming him and his family back to Dublin very soon.”

Goodman admits it was difficult to leave the Crusaders but is looking forward to joining up with Leinster and taking the next steps in his coaching career.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to leave the Crusaders,” he said.

“It’s an environment that has taught me so much and really embraced my family and I over the past five years.

“However, I am looking forward to being back in Dublin and challenging myself in a new rugby environment. It’s going to be special to reconnect with a club I enjoyed representing as a player, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to take the next step in my coaching career.”

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