Highly rated Leinster coach Hugh Hogan has left the province Leinster Rugby after eight and a half years to take up a role as defence coach with Scarlets.

Hogan had been working as the contact skills coach with Leinster having joined as an Elite Player Development Officer back in 2013.

He's also been head coach of Leinster Under-19s, U-20s and the 'A' side as well as being involved with the Ireland Sevens programme at both Under-19 and senior level.

"I'm privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Leinster over the last eight and a half years and I’ve enjoyed my time here immensely," said Hogan.

"Coaching with your home team is an honour that few people get to experience in professional sport and I’ll cherish, not just great memories, but more importantly the strong relationships and many friendships that I’ve been lucky to forge.

"I’m hugely excited by my new role with Scarlets and am really looking forward to the fresh challenge, as well as the new adventures I will have with my family in west Wales."

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen paid tribute to the departing Hogan, adding: "Hugh has brought great attention to detail, dedication and innovation to the role but it should also be noted the impact he has had on younger players and their development in this area of the game.

"We wish Hugh and his family the very best with his move to Scarlets and the opportunity to work as their defence coach."