There were quite a few changes to the playing and coaching rosters in Leinster Rugby during the summer and this extended to the backroom team.

With the retirement of Dr. Arthur Tanner and the departure of a number of backroom staff during the summer, Leinster Rugby have recruited from within and without the organisation. caught up with Team Manager Guy Easterby and Head of Fitness Dan Tobin to talk about the transition and to introduce the new team.

“It was a busy few months but this is a huge positive for Leinster Rugby,” explained Guy Easterby. “We are very happy with the calibre of people we have managed to attract to the club and indeed the promotions from within reflect very well on the opportunities available with Leinster for those that wish to pursue a career with us.”

Included in the appointments is Dr. Ciarán Cosgrove who has stepped into the role of Team Doctor and is part of a wider medical team that already includes Dr. John Ryan and Dr. Jim McShane. With regard to the first team, Tom Turner has been promoted to first team Strength and Conditioning coach, with Diarmuid Brennan promoted to the role of first team Rehabilitation Coach.

Commenting on the additions, Head of Fitness, Dan Tobin, said: “Tom and Diarmuid are hugely experienced professionals in their own right and have contributed hugely to the success of the age-grade and ‘A’ teams having been employed in a similar capacity with the Leinster Academy before now. The departures offered them both an opportunity and their promotion is just rewards for their efforts over the last few years with Leinster. 

“The appointments with regard to the Academy and the Sub-Academy are also hugely positive and the level of interest shown in the positions reflect very well on the organisation and the opportunities that Leinster Rugby provides.” 

Included in the appointments is All-Ireland winning captain with Dublin, Bryan Cullen, who has been promoted to Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach having been with the Sub-Academy in a similar role since 2011. Fearghal Kerin, has been appointed Academy rehabilitation coach having previously worked with the likes of St. Patrick’s Athletic, Shamrock Rovers and St. Johnstone. Phil Greenwood has joined Leinster from Blackburn Rovers and becomes the Sub-Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach. Finally, Cillian Reardon has been appointed as Sports Scientist to Leinster Rugby having already served as an intern with Leinster. 

Again Guy outlined the positives that the new appointments have brought. “Ciarán, Fearghal and Phil bring with them a wealth of knowledge from outside the organisation, while the promotions from within is a reflection on the good work already being done by the medical and backroom team in Leinster.” 

Meet the Team!

ciaran cosgraveDr. Ciarán Cosgrave 

Dr Ciaran Cosgrave joined Leinster Rugby having trained as a consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine in Liverpool.  

He has a wealth of experience in elite sport having worked for two seasons at Liverpool Football Club from 2011-2013. He also provided medical cover at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and subsequently accompanied Team GB at their High Altitude Training Camp in Iten, Kenya.  

Other experience in elite sport includes basketball, Northern Ireland Football, athletics, karate and judo. In each of these sports he not only provides high quality sports medicine but also works closely with athletes and coaches on performance enhancement. 

Dr Cosgrave graduated Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 2004 and after working for a year in Sydney, undertook an MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. 

tom turnerTom Turner 

Tom was educated at Down High School and graduated from the University of Ulster in 2010 with a BSc in Sports Studies. He has since completed an MSc by Research at UCD where he examined power output in the training of professional rugby players.

An accredited member of the UKSCA (United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association), he spent two years with Ulster Rugby as a strength and conditioning intern before taking up the role of Head Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach with Leinster Rugby at the start of the 2010 season. Tom was appointed to his current position with the senior team at the beginning of the 2014 season. 

He has represented Northern Ireland in fell running and weightlifting and played club rugby for Ballynahinch RFC. 

diarmaid brennanDiarmaid Brennan 

Diarmaid joined Leinster at the start of the 2013/14 season having worked with the squad as an intern for 2012/13. He was initially appointed to the post of Academy Rehabilitation Coach, a role he held for the 2013/14 season, before being promoted to Rehabilitation Coach with the Senior squad for 2014/15 season.

He was educated in Institute of Technology, Carlow where he obtained a National Certificate in Physiology & Health Science as well as an Honours Degree in Sports Rehabilitation.

After graduation he established his own private practice in Ballyfermot and began working with St. Patricks Athletic FC in the League of Ireland Premier Division. During this time Diarmaid completed his Masters in Football Rehabilitation from Edgehill University, graduating in 2011. 

bryan cullenBryan Cullen 

Bryan is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Academy having previously worked as a fitness coach with the Sub-Academy since 2011. 

He is a sport science graduate from Dublin City University, and further certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Bryan also completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology at Dublin City University. 

In 2011 he led Dublin to the All-Ireland Gaelic football title and has represented Ireland in the Compromise Rules Series. 

fearghal kerinFearghal Kerin 

Fearghal was educated at University College Dublin where he graduated with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. He also pursued further study with an MSc in Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He has lectured in Sports Injury management at UCD since 2010.

He went on to work in professional football at Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland, and St Johnstone FC in the Scottish Premier League. He has worked with the Leinster U19s previously, in addition to working with the FAI underage teams. 

Phil Greenwood

Phil is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the UKSCA (UK Strength and Conditioning Association), as well as by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). 

He completed an undergraduate degree in Sports Studies and Psychology at Stirling University, before going on to complete a MSc in Strength and Conditioning, at Edinburgh University in 2010. Whilst doing so, Phil was an intern for Edinburgh Rugby for the 2009-10 season, as well as being the Strength and Conditioning Assistant to the Scotland National team for the 2010 Six Nations. 

Phil took up the post of Strength and Conditioning Coach with Blackburn Rovers Football Club Academy in 2011, and was promoted to lead the Strength and Conditioning programme for the Academy. During his time at the Academy, the Youth team reached both the final of the FA Youth Cup and the National Academy final. 

Phil completed the International Olympic Committee’s Diploma in Sports Nutrition in 2012, and is ISAK accredited. Phil has also worked part-time for Tarleton RUFC and Waterloo RUFC, as well as several 7s teams as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. 

cillian reardonCillian Reardon

Cillian joined the senior team in Leinster Rugby as a Sport Scientist in 2013 having previously completed an internship from 2010-2011 and having worked in the Sub-Academy system as a Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2011-2013.

He has previously worked with the Dublin senior and U-21 football teams as well as Irish Youths Rugby and Women’s Senior Rugby. Cillian holds a degree in Sport Science from DCU (2012) and is currently undertaking a PhD in UCD.