Given Matt O’Connor was fired as head coach by Leinster and Neil Doak is filling the role at Ulster until the arrival of Les Kiss, one might have expected Munster’s Anthony Foley to be displaying signs of pressure in the build-up to Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 final against Glasgow Warriors at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.
Wed, 27 May, 2015
Robbie Deans has ruled himself out of the running for the Leinster head coach position. The former Australia coach had been linked with the post after it was announced last week that Matt O’Connor had agreed to leave the club by mutual consent.
Tue, 26 May, 2015
Amidst the mountain of names mentioned yesterday as possible replacements for Matt O’Connor’s Leinster job, it was that of Robbie Deans that emerged on top with the New Zealander’s tumbling odds squaring with earlier smoke signals from sources.
Fri, 22 May, 2015
“Business as usual” was the message yesterday as Matt O’Connor and Jamie Heaslip discussed Leinster’s Guinness PRO12 meeting with Benetton Treviso tonight, but the reality is that no-one can recall when the balance sheet looked so grim.
Fri, 08 May, 2015
With their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon just eight days away, Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has opted to wrap his star players in cotton wool for the province’s Guinness Pro12 encounter with Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade tomorrow.
Sat, 11 Apr, 2015
Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor has refuted the idea that this Saturday’s Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath at the Aviva Stadium is an encounter that will define his time in charge of the province — but agrees that it is the biggest game of the the province’s season.
Fri, 03 Apr, 2015
Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor has criticised the IRFU’s highly-lauded player management system and the dictatorial manner in which Joe Schmidt and his staff decide when and where the top Irish players can play for their clubs.
Fri, 27 Mar, 2015
Following the disappointment of last Sunday’s home defeat to Newport Gwent Dragons, Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made a total of seven changes to his starting line-up for tonight’s Pro12 encounter against Zebre at the RDS.
Fri, 20 Feb, 2015
Wasps 20 Leinster 20: European Champions Cup Pool 2: Matt O’Connor put a mostly positive spin on a game that got away from his Leinster team in Coventry on Saturday, but there can be no escaping the difference between the worth of a home and an away berth in the last eight.
Mon, 26 Jan, 2015
Leinster coach Matt O’Connor spoke last weekend about the need to avoid an "ambush" in Castres in their European Rugby Champions Cup encounter this Sunday and Eoin Reddan knows all too well how best-laid plans can go awry in the Stade Pierre Antoine.
Thu, 23 Oct, 2014