Leinster confirm Kane Douglas capture
May 20, 2014
Kane Douglas will add to Leinster's second-row options © Getty Images
Douglas will link-up with Leinster in the summer as a replacement for the retiring Cullen and will vie with Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy for a spot in their second-row.
"It's a big decision but one which I am very excited about," Douglas, who has 14 caps for Australia, said. "I've had plenty of time to weigh lots of things up and the time is right for me and my partner to experience something new and something totally different. We are heading for a new challenge in life and that's what excites us.
"Leinster is a massive club in Europe with a proud tradition and I'm really looking forward to doing my bit to add to the team once my commitments are done here in Australia"
Coach Matt O'Connor welcomed Douglas, saying: "We are delighted to be able to formally announce Kane's signing. For a young guy he already has a wealth of rugby knowledge and experience under his belt and we also feel that he has the right character to succeed at Leinster.
"We can also formally confirm Leo Cullen's role as our forwards coach effective July 1. He will bring a huge amount to Leinster Rugby as a coach and will continue the excellent work that Jono Gibbes has done over the last six seasons. As a three time winning Heineken Cup captain he already commands the respect of the players and that won't change."
Richie Murphy has signed a new deal as assistant coach with his remit focusing on skills and kicking. He will work with the Irish Rugby Football Union in a similar role. Leinster have also announced the appointment of Marco Caputo as scrum coach.
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