Super Rugby Pacific final last dance for Crusaders backs coach Andrew Goodman, Leinster job confirmed

Crusaders assistant Andrew Goodman will bid farewell to the club after Saturday’s Super Rugby Pacific final.

The highly regarded full-backs coach has confirmed his reported transfer to Irish club Leinster where he will work under head coach Leo Cullen.

Goodman will replace Felipe Contepomi as Leinster attacking coachthe Argentinian entering the composition of the national team within the staff of Michael Cheika.

Andrew Goodman is leaving the Crusaders to play a role with Irish club Leinster.

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Andrew Goodman is leaving the Crusaders to play a role with Irish club Leinster.

“I’m really grateful to Razor for giving me a chance in 2018 and for all the opportunities I’ve had to grow in that environment over the last five years,” Goodman said ahead of Saturday’s final against the Blues. at Eden Park. .

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“It was not an easy decision to leave, but I am delighted to return to Dublin with my family and join a club that I represented as a player.”

Goodman, 39, a professional coach for six years, spent two seasons with Leinster as a player after being signed by Kiwi manager Joe Schmidt in 2012.

The former Tasman captain Mako played 17 games in two seasons in Dublin but suffered an ACL injury.

He would later serve as Mako’s assistant head coach, alongside Clarke Dermody.

Andrew Goodman has been with the Crusaders since 2018.

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Andrew Goodman has been with the Crusaders since 2018.

The pair led the Mako to the NPC titles in 2019 and 2020.

During the Crusaders’ successful 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby seasons, the 39-year-old assisted with team defense and individual technical development.

He was promoted to Crusaders full-backs coach in 2020 and committed to Manu Samoa’s national team until the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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