Lancaster loving Leinster role

Date published: December 9 2016

Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster says he is loving his job at the Irish club.

The former England coach joined Leinster in 2016 and says he is loving his role there while enjoying the quality players and staff around him.

"I'm really enjoying it, my job at Leinster is a hands-on coaching role centred around attack and defence. Girvan Dempsey would do the backs and John Fogarty does the scrum, and I do the rest, which is a change from the England role which was more of the bigger picture stuff," Lancaster told the European Champions Cup website.

"Just to be able to think about training sessions, how to evolve defence and attack and to see progress is great. There are a group of talented players here – 13 played for Ireland not so long ago.

"It helps because we have a similar defensive system to Ireland – Andy Farrell and I know each other very well – and the team were coached by Joe Schmidt and Matt O'Connor, so they have a good framework in attack, although I've tried to add my own personality to it.

"As a coach you always have to prove yourself and I'm certainly having to prove myself to players at Leinster. These players are top-end players who have been coached by some very good coaches.

"That's what drives me more than anything else. I don't miss certain parts of the head coach job and I do enjoy being back in coaching again.

"I'm pretty open-minded about the future. It has been a great move for me to come back into a top-end, European club and to work with some great players. I've learned now not to plan too far ahead."