Kearney: Cullen right man for Leinster
Rob Kearney believes that Leinster must return to their traditional values if they are to be successful next season, writes Cian Tracey.
And the full-back is adamant that Leo Cullen is the right man to take his side forward.
"Last year we probably moved away from some aspects of our culture and seemed to diminish a bit," Kearney admitted.
"Leo's huge strength is that he's a Leinster man through and through. He understands what it took during those tough years to get us from a team of nearlies to be a really good achieving team in Europe.
"Having players coming in and out of the environment with younger guys maybe not stepping up and taking on the leadership as much as they should have. . . small little things like that can be improved on next year.
"I think the guys back there in camp realise how important those first seven weeks are going to be in determining the rest of our season."
Meanwhile, Leinster have confirmed that prop Jamie Hagan will return for his fourth spell with the province, on a short-term loan deal as World cup cover.
Clontarf back-row Tony Ryan has also signed a similar deal.