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Leinster appoint former Western Force and Bath coach to backroom staff for new season

Charlie Higgins takes up the position vacated by Dan Tobin.

Higgins joins Leo Cullen's coaching staff.
Higgins joins Leo Cullen's coaching staff.
Image: Leinster Rugby/Sportsfile/Seb Daly

LEINSTER HAVE ANNOUNCED the appointment of Charlie Higgins as the province’s new Head of Athletic Performance following the departure of Dan Tobin.

43-year-old Higgins joins the backroom team at the RDS for the new season after spending five years with Super Rugby side Western Force.

Higgins brings a huge amount of experience to the role having worked in both the northern and southern hemisphere, including stints with the Waratahs and Bath.

“This is a hugely important appointment and I am delighted that Charlie has decided to join us in Leinster,” Leo Cullen said. “It is no easy decision to relocate to another country but he is looking forward to the challenge.

“He has settled into the role already and it was a very good first week under his direction. We look forward to working with him in the coming months and years.”

Higgins assumes the position vacated by Tobin, who left Leinster at the end of last term after 10 years with the province to take up the role of Head of Strength and Conditioning with Gloucester.

“In only one week here, I have already seen the dedication and the application of the players on the pitch and in the gym and that is replicated by the staff,” Higgins commented.

“I am hugely excited by the challenge that lies ahead and I look forward to making my contribution to Leinster Rugby.”

Higgins’ arrival follows the appointment of World Cup winning coach Graham Henry as a consultant on a short-term basis.

The former New Zealand head coach was in attendance at Greystones Rugby Club this afternoon, where Leinster held an open training session.

The Guinness Pro12 runners-up will face Ulster in their first friendly at Navan RFC on Saturday week before games against Gloucester and Bath in Tallaght and Donnybrook before the month is out.

Cullen’s side begin the new campaign against Treviso at the RDS on Friday 2 September.

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