McBryde thrilled about new job

29 April 2019, 19:05 | Updated: 29 April 2019, 19:06

Wales Robin McBryde

Robin McBryde says he is "thrilled" to have landed a coaching role with European champions Leinster.

The current Wales forwards coach will join Leinster's coaching staff after the World Cup in Japan later this year.

Leinster announced their swoop for McBryde, who has been a key part of Wales boss Warren Gatland's support team, on Monday.

McBryde will fill the vacancy at Leinster created by John Fogarty's appointment as Ireland scrum coach.

Former front-row forward McBryde, who won 37 caps for Wales, has featured among a national coaching team that masterminded three Six Nations Grand Slams.

"I am thrilled to have secured my future with Leinster post RWC, and it now allows me to focus all my energy on the task at hand with Wales," he said.

"I am delighted to be joining Leinster. They are one of the stand-out teams in Europe, with a strong identity and a proud history.

"I see it as a great opportunity to join a very experienced and exciting coaching team, and to help continue Leinster's great successes.

"I am hugely proud of my time with Wales, and it has been an honour to coach my country.

"I have never taken it for granted, and it has been a hugely rewarding experience to have been part of the coaching team under Warren Gatland and the success we have had over the years."

Gatland, McBryde and attack coach Rob Howley will all leave their Wales posts following the World Cup.

Current Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac will succeed Gatland following the tournament, with Pivac's coaching staff to feature former Wales internationals Stephen Jones and Jonathan Humphreys.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen added: "Robin McBryde is a coach and person I have admired for a long time as he went about his business with the Welsh national team, contributing to an unprecedented era of success during his 13-year involvement.

"He will bring a wealth of experience to Leinster after working so closely with, and against, many of the leading forwards in the game.

"We are delighted that Robin has agreed to join our coaching team after this year's World Cup, and I am really excited about getting the opportunity to work closely with him."

Leinster remain on course for a domestic and European double this season, having secured a Guinness PRO14 semi-final place and reached the Champions Cup final, when they will tackle Saracens on May 11.