Tuesday 24 April 2018

Ambitious Leo Cullen promises to restore 'Leinster way' on road back to glory


New Leinster head coach Leo Cullen after being announced as Head Coach on a two year deal
New Leinster head coach Leo Cullen after being announced as Head Coach on a two year deal
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Leo Cullen says Leinster fans should not have to adjust their expectations during his first season in charge as he promised to bring back the province's traditional style of play.

The former captain has replaced Matt O'Connor as head coach after the Australian suffered the wrath of supporters for the brand of rugby his side played.

Kevin McLaughlin has been named captain for the duration of the World Cup and Jamie Heaslip is not guaranteed the armband when he returns. Cullen remains open to the prospect of adding a backs coach to his team, while he is in the market for a second-row to replace Kane Douglas.

And, while he conceded the season ahead would not be easy, he wants to see Leinster go back to their strengths.

"Definitely, I would see a Leinster way. A way we want to go and play the game," he said.

"We want to be ambitious, to empower players to make decisions on the field and we want them to be a part of the process in how the team plays. Everything else gets judged on what those 15 guys do on a weekend."

Marty Moore is set to miss out on tonight's pre-season meeting with Ulster amid fears his World Cup place could be in jeopardy.

The tighthead prop has yet to play this season after coming back from shoulder surgery. A regular under Joe Schmidt, he is now in danger of losing out to Connacht's Nathan White.

Irish Independent

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