18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Following the successful completion of negotiations, Gary Ella has signed a three-year contract. Commenting on Gary Ella's appointment, Leinster Chief Executive Mick Dawson said: "Leinster are delighted that Gary Ella is our new Head Coach. Gary has tremendous qualities as a coach and his rugby knowledge is immense.
"There is no doubt Leinster has a team capable of winning the Heineken Cup, last season proved a huge disappointment. Next year we expect to be in contention for Heineken Cup and Celtic League honours".
"We are confident that, with Gary Ella, Willie Anderson & Roly Meates pushing the buttons, our skilled squad can go further. Felipe Contempomi, and all our other signings to date are also expected to enhance our challenge next season."
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