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Leinster must acquire the signature of Robbie Deans to further success

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With the departure of former Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor from his position the door is now open for the three-time European Champions to re-assert their claim as the top European side.

With the brand of rugby and string of poor results in the domestic Pro 12 competition it was no doubt a surprise to the Leinster faithful to see O'Connor leave his post.

Leinster now must grab the horse by the reigns and put pen to paper with ex Australia and Canterbury Crusaders head coach Robbie Deans. Deans has however ruled himself out of the position but it must be argued that Leinster should do whatever necessary to get their man.

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Leinster's 2014/15 season fell way below par to previous seasons which saw the Irish Province being crowned European Cup champions. under Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt, Leinster saw a dramatic improvement in their style of play and this ultimately led them to their successes.

However, although in his debut season O'Connor won the Pro 12 competition, this year has been a major disappointment for the fans with a number of results which went against Leinster. Ultimately however, they were punished for their negative brand of rugby. 

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Robbie Deans

Robbie Deans brought massive success to the Crusaders in New Zealand while he had a mixed bag while coaching the Wallabies. His final two years as head coach of the Australia team were rife with issues and problems with players and he grew unpopular amongst the Australian rugby community.

His record against arch rivals New Zealand was poor and ultimately his tenure rested upon a series win over the British and Irish Lions in 2013. They came close however failed to win the series losing by two games to one. Deand handed in his resignation after the series. 

His coaching prowess is certainly evident for all to see. Deans inherited a Wallabies side which was rife with problems with players and the culture of the team was poor. Several alcohol abuse issues were reported in the news with players such as Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor did not help the New Zealander.

His decision not to rekindle a working relationship with Australian out half Quade Cooper, helped to grow widespread frustration with the Australian rugby community. With this being said, Deans did the best with what he had at his disposal and was close to a series win over the Lions in 2013.

With the head coach vacancy now to be filled for Leinster it would appear to most that they must offer Deans a lucrative deal which will be very difficult for him to turn down.

Deans has ruled himself out

Deans has ultimately ruled himself out of the job claiming in an interview about the vacancy, telling reporters: “Not in the timelines that would suit me at the minute. I would say it is very attractive . . . for someone. But not for me. It’s a great destination, a great place to live and play the game and there is great competition.”

Leinster must attract Deans by offering a large contract however if one was to go by history then that is not the Leinster way. Pride has been built around the province by appointing relative unknowns on the head coaching circuit and these have ultimately paid off dividends with the likes of Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt.

With the return of Jonathan Sexton from Racing Metro in Paris, Leinster will not have their talisman back. Sexton will provide the class, leadership and moments of brilliance which have been lacking this season with Jimmy Gopperth wearing the number 10 jersey.

With Robbie Deans coaching the likes of Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney to name but a few will seem the ideal for the Leinster faithful. The Leinster board must not miss on the opportunity and sign him as soon as possible to restore the pride once felt for the Irish side.

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