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Homeward Bound

Leinster defence coach Kurt McQuilkin to return to New Zealand for personal reasons

Leo Cullen lamented the loss of the coach.

LEINSTER HAVE CONFIRMED that defence coach Kurt McQuilkin is set to leave the province to return home to New Zealand for personal reasons.

“This is very sad news for Kurt and his family and our priority is supporting Kurt in his decision as best we can,” said head coach Leo Cullen.

“He will be with us for a few more weeks but after that he will head back home with our very best wishes in very trying circumstances and with the thanks of everyone at Leinster Rugby for his stellar contribution over the last 12 months.

“The process of replacing Kurt has already begun but right now our focus is on Kurt and ensuring that his move back home is as seamless as possible.”

McQuilkin is a former Leinster player and part of Michael Cheika’s Heineken Cup winning backroom team.

He returned to the province ahead of last season.

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