Matt O'Connor to leave Leinster after two years in charge

The Australian had a year remaining on his contract.

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LEINSTER RUGBY HAVE parted ways with head coach Matt O’Connor ‘by mutual consent’ two years in to a three year contract.

The Australian’s time at the helm of the eastern province had been a largely difficult one and culminated with the side’s first finish outside the top four playoff places in the Pro12.

O’Connor did win a trophy in his time in Ireland, last year’s Pro12 title coming at the tail end of his first season in charge. However, two European exits at the hands of Toulon and a deterioration of the team’s on-field performance under his guidance this season brought discontent among supporters.

According to the Sunday Independent’s Brendan Fanning this morning, players were informed of O’Connor’s exit at a scheduled squad meeting this morning. Forwards coach Leo Cullen is expected to take charge as interim head coach during the off season.

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