Leo Cullen calms down on Stuart Lancaster exit rumors

Leo Cullen says speculation about the future of top coach Stuart Lancaster is just an “integral part” of rugby.

Reports in the French media suggest that Lancaster is set to join the Top14 Giants Racing 92 this summer, which will end a seven-year spell working alongside Colin at Leinster.

The county coach will not be drawn to whether or not he expects the former England boss to remain on the coaching card beyond this season, saying he “cannot comment” on the speculation.

“So we’re in a period of speculation, we must say, and we can’t comment on other people’s speculation, but there have always been things going on in the background,” said the Leinster chief, ahead of tomorrow’s PKT United rugby tournament. Meet Benetton at RDS.

The Lancaster has been hugely popular since arriving in Dublin in September 2016, helping Leinster win the Pro14 and European titles in 2018, adding three more domestic titles, and helping them reach two more Champions Cup winners.

Last summer, Colin lost two of his coaching cards, with Felipe Contibomi and Denis Lemy returning to Argentina and Monster respectively, and he says the boycott’s success in recent seasons means their players and coaches will always be in demand.

“We are very fortunate to have a very strong group, some wonderful people in our building and that credits a lot of the work that has been going on over the past years, so we are very fortunate in that regard.

“But the reality is that there are a lot of other clubs that look at talent, whether they are players or coaches, we have, and that’s something we have to deal with all the time and people make different decisions at different stages.

“And we’re trying to talk about one person in particular who has been fantastic since he came to Leinster.

“So that’s just an integral part of the business we’re working on.”

boycott her Carry their squad with Irish international players for a visit to Benetton tomorrow at RDSwith 11 changes from the side that saw Zebre exit a week ago.

Leinster seemed slow at times In that win 33-29 in Parmawith Colin admitting that their preparations were severely disrupted last week, after a burglary at his home.

“Media presented on Monday, Monday evening [Monday 12 Sept]My wife woke me up in the middle of the night and said she thought someone was home.

“I went downstairs, my work laptop, passport, and wallet had been stolen from our living room. I had been walking around last week, and by the end of the game in Zebre I was so relieved—A—that I was there, and—B—that we had Bonus points, it was hard in the end.

“If anyone finds a Leinster laptop bag, with a laptop in it with all my notes and my passport, I’d love to find it again please.

“It’s been a strange week, but we’ve got through it now, and he’s just looking for the next challenge for our boys. We got five points, it wasn’t perfect last week, but we need to be a hell of a lot better if we want to progress and the end of the season, the matches we want to be in. It’s the playoffs.”

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