It has been reported that Leinster are close to signing Matt O’Connor as their next head coach.

Richard Cockerill, Leicester’s director of rugby, has said that talks between Leinster and O’Connor are at an advanced stage.

Australian O’Connor took up the position of head coach at Leicester in 2012, working under Cockerill since then, and is now favourite to replace Joe Schmidt, who begins his role as Ireland boss in July.

O’Connor was capped once by Australia, against Ireland, in 1994.