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Geordan Murphy joins Leicester coaching staff

Last Updated: 27/05/13 11:22am

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Geordan Murphy: New backs coach at Welford Road

Geordan Murphy: New backs coach at Welford Road

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Geordan Murphy has been appointed as assistant backs coach by Leicester following his retirement as a player.

He will assist Paul Burke, who is taking over as backs coach from Leinster-bound Matt O'Connor.

Murphy retired after a 16-year career at Welford Road at the end of this season.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the club's website: "Matt O'Connor has done a fantastic job in his five years with the club and we are sorry to see him leave.

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"He has worked extremely hard for the club and I'm sure he will do a very good job at Leinster. We wish him well.

"Paul Burke has been learning his job as an assistant coach over the last five years here and has done a very good job. He is very experienced in the game in a number of different environments and we see this as an opportunity for him to make his own mark on the team.

"Geordan obviously knows Leicester Tigers very well, he knows and understands the game at the very highest level and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to others.

"He has enjoyed a very successful and lengthy playing career and we believe he can become a top-class coach.

"By bringing Paul and Geordan together in the coaching team we have a degree of continuity which I feel is very important in our environment and we look forward to seeing their continued development in their new roles."

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