“Very enjoyable so far” | Denis Leamy enjoying return to Munster as Defence Coach

Leamy will return to the province, whom he represented for eleven years, as a coach this season.

Shortly after Graham Rowntree was announced as the new Munster Head Coach for the 2022/23 season, he quickly set about filling his backroom team with one Denis Leamy confirmed to return to the province.

Leamy returns to Munster after a three-year spell at Leinster, where he first held a role as an Elite Player Development Officer before moving to the role of Contact Skills Coach in October 2021.

In his first interview as defence coach of the province, Leamy described the return as “very enjoyable.”

“It’s really good to be back, back in this building. Obviously very familiar to me, being a player here for eleven years so it’s been really enjoyable being back here and reconnecting with people and getting to know others.

“Very enjoyable so far.”

Following a hugely successful playing career with Munster and Ireland, Leamy’s coaching career saw him work with several sides across the province over seven years including Young Munster RFC, Rockwell College, Clonmel RFC, Cashel RFC and Garryowen FC.

On the provincial front the Tipperary native also worked at various stages with Munster’s age-grade players and the ‘A’ team before making the move to Leinster.

6 October 2012; Young Munster assistant forwards coach Denis Leamy. Ulster Bank League Division 1A, Young Munster v St. Mary’s College. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

And Leamy is hoping to make more special days in front of the Thomond Park crowd as he looks forward to the new season.

“There’s a great passion in the province and we are really looking to build on that energy. The connection between the players and the supporters is what Munster is all about. It’s special and they are what make the special days.”

Watch Leamy’s first interview as a Munster coach below.

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