Friday 20 September 2019

Ireland's loss to England not relevant to Leinster, insists Leo Cullen

Leinster coach says his international players will start with a clean slate for Saracens

Leo Cullen. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Leo Cullen. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Ireland's crushing Six Nations defeat to England will not have a bearing on Leinster's international contingent when they come up against Saracens in the Champions Cup final, according to head coach Leo Cullen.

The English champions feature a host of the players who caused so much damage in Dublin in February, in a 32-20 victory that left the Irish players "a bit broken", according to Joe Schmidt.

But Cullen believes the final is a one-off occasion that will render any historic baggage irrelevant.

"There are other things that will motivate us more, I would imagine," he said.

"But, form, knowing each other, the personal tussles, I'm not sure what the relevance of it really is.

"We're playing in Newcastle and so many people will come in from both teams. There's so much motivation for so many different reasons. The motivation will be high for both teams.

"They are amazing days for players to be involved in. It is this weight of support, this momentum, when you think everyone is behind you it is powerful stuff. Players feed off that and they understand what it means to, not just our group, but to lots of other people as well.

"We've just got to knuckle down now, come up with a plan."

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