Leinster Rugby have appointed Leo Cullen as Coach on a two year deal
Leo Cullen, has been appointed as Leinster’s head coach on a two year deal. The three time Heineken Cup winning captain with the province broke the news to the players at a team meeting this morning.
Commenting on the news, Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson said, ‘We are delighted that Leo has agreed to become our Head Coach and to continue an association with Leinster Rugby that started back in 1995 with the schools team. We are all very much looking forward to the next two years under his tutelage.’
After a disappointing campaign under previous coach, Matt O’Connor, Dawson revealed the reasoning behind appointing Cullen,
Leo’s status as a player is beyond question. He is second only to Gordon D’Arcy in terms of senior appearances and he was an outstanding captain and leader on the pitch. Over the last 12 months or so in his capacity with the forwards and indeed over the pre-season as interim Head Coach, Leo has continued to impress everyone at Leinster with his tactical and strategic direction
Dawson also revealed that,
It was a thorough and robust interview process and we took our time to ensure that this was the case. The process included the input of all relevant stakeholders, and ultimately Leo was the best candidate that we interviewed
Kurt McQuilkin, who stepped in as defence coach after O’Connor’s dismissal, has also been given a two year deal, as has scrum coach John Fogarty and backs coach Girvan Dempsey. Richie Murphy will also rejoin the province as skills and kicking coach after Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Campaign.
Cullen’s first game in charge will take place this Friday, when Leinster travel to Belfast to take on Ulster in a pre season friendly.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena