Sunday 17 December 2017

Leo Cullen set to be handed the head coach role at Leinster - reports

Leinster's Leo Cullen
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Leo Cullen is set to replace Matt O'Connor as Leinster head coach, according to reports.

The former captain will fill the vacancy left after O'Connor was let go at the end of May despite the province narrowly missing out on a place in the Champions Cup final, according to a report in today's Sunday Times.

The report suggests that there is a two or three year contract on the table.

Cullen was appointed Leinster's forwards coach last season after retiring from his playing career and has been in interim charge of affairs since O'Connor's departure.

While his lack of experience is an issue, Cullen is believed to have been the best candidate interviewed for the post.

If the appointment does come to fruition, Cullen will be without most of his best players for the first half of the season due to their World Cup commitments.

His most immediate task may be finding a replacement for Kane Douglas after the Australian second row left the province earlier this week.

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