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Leinster confirm Stuart Lancaster will join Racing 92

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Leinster have confirmed that Stuart Lancaster will leave Dublin at the end of the current season to join Racing 92.

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One of the worst kept secrets in rugby, Lancaster is set to take over the reins at the Parisian club from Laurent Travers.

“Leinster Rugby can this afternoon confirm that senior coach, Stuart Lancaster, will leave the club at the end of the season,” read a statement from the Irish province. “Lancaster, who has been at the club since September 2016, will leave Leinster to join Racing 92 in the TOP14.

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Prior to joining Leinster in 2016, the 52-year-old had been head coach of England from 2011 to 2015, and then worked on a consultancy basis with the Atlanta Falcons, British Cycling and the English FA and with Counties Manukau in the Mitre 10 Cup in New Zealand.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said: “Stuart has been a brilliant asset to Leinster Rugby since he joined us in 2016. He has helped us to grow at all levels, both through his work with the senior team and his willingness to get involved with underage teams as well as clubs around the province, where he is always so generous with his time.

“I think there has always been a realisation that Stuart would move on to a new challenge at some stage. For that reason, we feel fortunate to have had him here for as long as we have, and we wish him, his wife Nina and kids Sophie and Dan the very best in their next adventure with Racing 92 in France.

“We have had some great days together and, on a personal level, Stu has been an incredible support. We will all miss him but I am very excited and enthused to go on and try to achieve further success this season as a group.”

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Lancaster told the club website: “I will be eternally grateful to Leo, Mick and Guy and the whole Leinster organisation for the opportunity they gave me and my family back in 2016.

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“Initially it was for just one season and here I am entering my seventh and that is a reflection on all the players past and present I have worked with and the people of Leinster and Ireland who have made me and my family feel so welcome.

“I have always wanted to challenge myself as a coach in different ways and the opportunity to coach in France at a club like Racing 92 is an exciting one and I will look forward to that challenge when it comes.

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“In the meantime, I really want to give everything to the whole of Leinster Rugby and the supporters in the next eight months as I feel we have more to come as we drive towards the exciting challenge ahead both in the URC and in Europe.”

Lancaster will see out the remainder of the season with Leinster.

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