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Loffreda in talks with Leicester

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Marcelo Loffreda, Argentina’s national coach, has been in talks with Leicester Tigers who are looking for a replacement for Pat Howard.


Howard, the former Wallaby, is scheduled to go home to Australia at the end of this season to run his family’s pharmacy business.


On Sunday, Loffreda’s Pumas, on a two-match tour of England, beat Leicester 41-21, following their big win over Northampton Saints. The tour is part of Loffreda’s preparation of his team for the World Cup in France later this year.


Under Loffreda’s seven-year regime the Pumas have flourished, developing a more expansive game than merely concentrating on muscular forward play. Victory over England at Twickenham in November was probably the most pleasing of his achievements in the 49 internationals in which he has been the Pumas’ coach.


He told the Leicester Mercury: “I could enjoy coaching in the Premiership. But I am only focusing on the Pumas and we are looking forward to the World Cup.


“I am proud to have been linked with such a big club. It’s a recognition of Argentine rugby.


“I have had talks with officials in Leicester but it’s a big decision for me and my family. It needs patience.


“We are going to have another meeting, and then I will go back to my country and have a bit of time to think about it.


“But we are looking forward to the World Cup and I don’t want to think about anything but that.”


Jake White, the Springbok coach, has also been in talks with Leicester and the name of the Australian Scott Johnson, an assistant to John Connolly and formerly an assistant coach to the Welsh side, is another name mentioned as a possible head coach at Leicester.


White’s contract ends at the World Cup and as Connolly may well not carry on with the Wallabies after the World Cup, Johnson may be at a loose end.


Leicester are hoping to make the decision by the end of this month.


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