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Head coach Leo Cullen and assistant coach Stuart Lancaster have signed new contracts to remain with Leinster, the province has announced.
Cullen has been at the helm of the Blues since the 2015-16 season and his new two-year extension will see him remain in charge of the province until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Lancaster had been touted as a possible member of Andy Farrell's Ireland coaching team when he succeeds Joe Schmidt after the Rugby World Cup, but the former England head coach has agreed to remain with Leinster. However, the duration of his new contract has not been announced.
"Leo’s skills as a player and as a captain have been well celebrated over the years and rightly so," Leinster CEO Mick Dawson commented.
“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.
“We have seen the impact Leo has had on the organisation both on and off the field and we are thrilled to see him commit for a further two seasons with the club.
“That level of continuity is crucial for the model that we have here at the club, a model that Leo not only believes in but is a product of.
“In his four seasons he has capped 43 new players with the majority of them coming from the 12 counties of Leinster.
“This season he has capped eight players from our Academy in the 54 players used across the Guinness PRO14 and the Heineken Champions Cup.
“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.”
On Lancaster, Dawson added: "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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