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Thursday 31 July 2014

Leo Cullen confirmed as Leinster forwards coach for next season

Published 22/12/2013|14:42

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Leo Cullen admits he still doesn't have a date for his return to Leinster action
Leo Cullen

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has confirmed that Leo Cullen will take up a role as forwards coach next season to replace Clermont-bound Jono Gibbes.

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The 35-year-old is expected to retire from playing at the end of the current campaign in order to take up his first senior level coaching role in rugby.

Gibbes has already agreed terms to move to Clermont next season and as expected Cullen has been offered the role within the management team, with O’Connor confirming the move on 98FM.

"Leo’s been an unbelievable leader for the organisation on and off the field. I think given that Jono is moving off to Clermont, it was the natural progression for Leo," he told the station.

"He’s got all that knowledge, he understands what’s required at the very top level and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

“You don’t have to talk to people for too long to understand whether they’ll be able to do it or not."

“Leo’s demonstrated that he’s certainly got the knowledge. When you sit down and have the conversation with him, the genuine excitement and student of the game that he is, you know he will thrive in the environment.

The vastly experienced Wicklow man has been credited with fostering the culture and ethos that has seen Leinster become the most successful team in European rugby since winning their first Heineken Cup in 2009.

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