Cullen set to soldier on with new one-year Leinster deal
LEO CULLEN is putting the finishing touches to a new one-year contract that will keep him with Leinster until the end of the 2013-14 season.
The Leinster captain first played for the province in 1998. He spent two years with Leicester Tigers in the English Premiership from 2005-07 before rejoining his home province.
Cullen succeeded Brian O'Driscoll as captain in 2008 and has led Leinster to three Heineken Cup titles – he is the only player to captain three European Cup-winning teams.
The 35-year-old second-row won EDF Energy Cup and Premiership titles with Leicester in 2007 to add to the two Leinster Schools Senior Cups he won with Blackrock in 1995 and 1996.
Cullen made his senior Ireland debut in 2002 and has 32 caps. His last international appearance came in 2011 against Russia when he captained Ireland in their World Cup Pool C match. Ireland won 62-12.
Cullen's new deal follows on from Luke Fitzgerald's decision to commit to Leinster for the next two seasons, which leaves Brian O'Driscoll as the only member of the squad who has yet to decide his future. It is expected that O'Driscoll will make his plans known in the coming weeks.