Felipe Contepomi spoke exclusively to Leinster Rugby TV this week for the first time since returning to the province to take up the role of backs coach.

The former Argentina international, who played 116 times for Leinster Rugby from 2003-2009, has joined up with the coaching team and squad ahead of August’s Bank of Ireland Pre-season Friendlies away to Montauban (10th August) and at home to Newcastle Falcons at Energia Park (17th August, KO 7pm, tickets on sale now from leinsterrugby.ie).

“It’s a great feeling,” Contepomi told Leinster Rugby TV about his return to the province.

“I think I’m fortunate to be able to come back to Leinster, especially now it’s proven it’s the best team in Europe. But also the setup and the people here, the rugby culture, how they feel rugby, for me it’s special. I think I’m very fortunate to be back here.”

Felipe Contepomi

Now that he has arrived and begun working with the squad, the former Leinster out-half is looking forward to passing his experience on to the squad.

“Having played the game at a high level it gives you a knowledge that is good if you are able to transmit that and transmit experience. Hopefully, in the last few years, I got a bit more knowledge on different things, on technique, on the way I see rugby.

“For me, as a coach, when you’re going into a working team or into a club, you need to understand the culture of the club so as to know what you can bring on or what you can leave as well. And for me, coming back to Leinster, I think I have a pretty good idea of what the culture is.

“I spoke a lot with Leo in the last month or so about where it has been in the last few years. I’m really happy because by knowing the type of rugby that Leinster wants to play, the culture of rugby, the Leinster Way, it’s where you can add something. Hopefully, I can add something to some of the players and to the coaching staff.”

Although he has only been working with the squad for a few days, Contepomi has been impressed by what he has seen, particularly from the younger players.

“I think that the squad – obviously it’s nothing new I’m going to say – you have a lot of international players, so it’s a very strong squad. But what amazes me is that you find some other teams that have loads of international players from different countries and so on, but normally there’s a big, big difference between the starting XV and the reserves, while here in Leinster I see a lot of potential from working with them these past few days.”

Watch the full Leinster Rugby TV with Felipe Contepomi below.