Leinster back row Sean O’Brien has praised the detail and leadership of the new head coach of the province, Leo Cullen.
Cullen was appointed today on a two-year deal as head coach of the three-time European Cup winning team, and O’Brien spoke to RTÉ Sport about the move: “Leo is a very detailed coach and things have been very organised over the last number of weeks since pre-season started.
“There are a lot of young lads in the squad as well, and it will be good to have him mentoring them as well and showing them what it’s all about.”
The move up to head coach represents a first for former Leinster captain and second row Cullen, following a year as forwards coach, and a few months as interim coach. But O’Brien has no doubt that the Wicklow man is up to the challenge.
“It’s different to what he’s experienced before in the past, and the whole setup is in a bit of a transition phase, with different coaches coming in. But it’s good and it’s healthy –something fresh and fresh ideas,” said O’Brien.
O’Brien also discussed what he sees as Cullen’s strengths as a coach, saying: “His detail and the way he’s able to manage players as well [are his strengths]. Leo is obviously a great leader, so I’m sure he’ll bring some of those attributes to some of the younger guys and he’ll be good for advice.
“I genuinely think he’s a very intelligent rugby player as well and he’ll bring some great ideas and set-ups to Leinster Rugby.”