Sunday 19 November 2017

Leinster aiming to forge 'boot room' atmosphere with Cullen promotion

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Leinster's Leo Cullen arrvies for squad training ahead of their match against Ulster on Saturday
Leinster's Leo Cullen arrvies for squad training ahead of their match against Ulster on Saturday
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster believe that the appointment of European rugby's most successful club captain, Leo Cullen, as forwards coach can help them maintain their standing as one of the leading outfits in the global game and forge a "boot room" atmosphere.

Former Ireland international Cullen (35) is Heineken Cup rugby's most decorated captain, having skippered Leinster to three title triumphs in his second spell at his home-town club. His first spell ended in frustration and when he left Leinster for Leicester Tigers in 2005, the Irish side were an under-achieving outfit until Cullen's return helped to radically transform the club's culture.

"I really believe that him and Shane Jennings going off to Leicester was crucial, it was important what they saw over there and the way they brought it back," said Leinster team manager Guy Easterby.

Irish Independent

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