Nienaber cleared for Leinster take-off

Jacques Nienaber is set to arrive in Dublin next week to join Leinster’s coaching staff in time for the Vodacom URC derby against his former team Munster.

The two-time World Cup-winning Springbok head coach is set to join Leinster, having signed a contract with the Irish club before the tournament got under way in France.

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It will be Nienaber’s second coaching stint in Ireland, as he worked under Rassie Erasmus at Munster in 2017.

With Nienaber expected to arrive in Dublin next week, according to the Irish Times, his first game with his new team will be in the Irish derby against his former side.

Leinster assistant coach Robin McBryde says he doesn’t expect any immediate radical changes, but hinted that Nienaber might bring some of the Springboks’ tactics to Dublin.

“I think it will be gradual from the outset and, in fairness, allowing him to get his feet under the table and see how things work,” McBryde was quoted by the Irish Times. “Obviously he is familiar with Irish rugby having had the experience with Munster. You know he is a little bit further down the road than other coaches would be but, yeah, I think Leo [Cullen] would be the man to gauge that a little bit better.

“I like the split he has got on the bench, the number of forwards he has got on there. Yeah, like I said there are going to be interesting discussions over the table over styles of play as well. Obviously, the kicking game is going to be huge and you know, even down to the different training weeks, how they are structured, the content, the length of sessions, the length of meetings.

“There are a lot of things to be discussed really. So, it is just a very exciting period, a very exciting place to be from a coach’s point of view, expecting Jacques to be coming in and adding his bits to what’s already going on here.”

Leinster finished as semi-finalists last season, after getting knocked out at home by Munster in the final four.

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