Leinster head coach Leo Cullen signs two year contract extension

Leo Cullen has guided Leinster to four domestic titles and a Champions Cup triumph
Leo Cullen has guided Leinster to four domestic titles and a Champions Cup triumph

The Irish Rugby Football Union and Leinster Rugby have confirmed that head coach Leo Cullen has signed two-year customer extension with the province.

The 45-year-old initially joined Leinster as forwards coach in 2014 under Matt O’Connor and got promoted as head coach in 2015. Under Cullen, Leinster went on to win four United Rugby Championship titles and a European Champions Cup triumph that came in 2018.

Cullen has also made 221 appearances for Leinster and won 32 caps for Ireland between 2002 and 2011.

“It is a great honour for me to be asked to extend my time at Leinster Rugby. I feel very fortunate to able to work with such a brilliant group of people here.

“Many thanks to Shane Nolan, Guy Easterby and the Leinster Professional Game Board along with David Nucifora from the IRFU for their continued support and backing of me through this process. Also to my family and friends, who only show me love and support, thank you for all the sacrifices you make.

“We are entering a really exciting period of the season and we are all focused on delivering our best in front of lots of people who have backed us all through our careers.”

IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, expressed his delight in Cullen extending his stay at the club for another two seasons.

“The province is starting a new chapter next season with the loss of some influential voices in their environment, so it was important that Leo agreed to sign on for a further two years.

“He is a driving force behind a lot of the good work that goes on at Leinster and the stability and insight he brings will enable Leinster to transition successfully while also continuing to compete for honours and bring through new talent.”