Leinster appoint Cullen as full time head coach

Former Leinster captain Leo Cullen has been appointed as the new Leinster head
coach after filling the role since the departure of Matt O’Connor.

Cullen stepped up and was interim head coach after O’Connor left at the end
of last season and he has now been appointed on a two year deal.

Cullen made more than 200 appearances for Leinster and captained them to three
European titles. The 37-year-old former lock also won 32 Ireland caps between
2002 and 2011.

Leinster Rugby chief executive Mick Dawson said: “Leo’s status as a player
is beyond question. He is second only to Gordon D’Arcy in terms of senior appearances,
and he was an outstanding captain and leader on the pitch.

“Over the last 12 months or so in his capacity with the forwards, and
indeed over the pre-season as interim head coach, Leo has continued to impress
everyone at Leinster with his tactical and strategic direction.

Leinster defence coach Kurt McQuilkin, meanwhile, has seen his short-term deal
extended to a two-year contract.

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