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Dominic Ryan links up with ex-Leinster coach Matt O'Connor after signing for Leicester

The flanker left Leinster at the end of last season.

AFTER LEAVING LEINSTER at the end of last season, Dominic Ryan has agreed terms with Leicester Tigers where he will work under Matt O’Connor again.

Dominic Ryan Ryan spent eight years at Leinster. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The flanker has signed a contract with the Premiership outfit and will play his rugby at Welford Road from next season after seeking ‘a new challenge’ in his career.

Ryan spent eight seasons at Leinster, making 113 appearances and scoring 18 tries after his debut in 2009, and enjoyed regular game time during O’Connor’s two seasons in charge of the province.

The one-time capped Ireland international will link up with the former Leinster head coach from July as he looks to reignite his career after a couple of frustrating seasons plagued by injury.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Leinster and Irish rugby over the last seven years, but it is time for a new challenge in my career and I’m delighted to sign for Leicester Tigers, as they are one of the great clubs in European rugby,” Ryan said.

“I’m also excited to work with Matty again because he had such a great impact on my career at Leinster.”

Ryan had found himself behind the likes of Dan Leavy, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan in the Leinster pecking order last term and his name was a notable exclusion from Leinster’s list of contract renewals shortly before the end of the campaign.

The former Gonzaga College student becomes the Tigers’ fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of  back-rower Sione Kalamafoni, winger Jonah Holmes and out-half Joe Ford and England international George Ford.

“Dom is an experienced professional who plays all across the back row,” O’Connor said.

“He wins collisions on both sides of the ball and comes from an environment that understands the narrative of winning.”

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