Cullen and Lancaster sign contract extensions with Leinster

Leinster Rugby and the IRFU have on Thursday confirmed a contract extension for both Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster.

The news was officially announced at an event for Season Ticket Holders at Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel. Cullen won over 220 caps for the province, while he was captain of the side on three occasions when they won the Heineken Cup. He was appointed head coach of Leinster at the beginning of the 2015/16 season and the news of the contract extension will now see him continue at the helm for a further two season until the end of 2020/21 season at least.

Commenting on the contract extension Michael Dawson told leinsterugby.ie that Leo’s skills as a player and captain have been well celebrated over the years and rightly so, he continued “Over the last four seasons he has continued to build on that legacy and has added considerable coaching credentials to his list of achievements. Not only did Leo oversee the great double success of last season, he also oversaw the rebuilding of the playing squad after a number of high profile retirements and the recruitment of the new coaching team”.

Dawson noted that Cullen has capped a total of 43 new players since becoming manager, which is an incredible statistic. “This season he has capped eight players from our Academy in the 54 players used across the Guinness PRO14 and the Heineken Champions Cup he continued. This is an important announcement for the club and we are delighted to have our business done ahead of a crucial block of games for Leo, his staff and the players.”

It was also confirmed that Stuart Lancaster will continue his role as Senior Coach but the duration of his contract was not announced .Speaking to leinsterrugby.ie the CEO of Leinster Rugby Michael Dawson said  “Everyone can see that we have benefited from Stuart’s vast experience working within the academy system in England plus of course his time with the English national team. “He has consistently shown his commitment to the Leinster cause and it is a real boost to retain the services of a world class coach.”

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