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Leo Cullen to continue to captain Leinster for 2013-14 season

Last Updated: 04/09/13 2:08pm

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Leo Cullen lifts the RaboDirect PRO12 trophy

Leo Cullen lifts the RaboDirect PRO12 trophy

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New Leinster boss Matt O'Connor has retained Leo Cullen as his captain for the 2013-14 season.

O'Connor joined the club from Leicester in the summer and he has asked Cullen to continue to the wear the armband - despite the lock admitting to having had doubts last season.

Cullen was distraught after two defeats to Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup and questioned whether he should carry on playing, let alone captaining.

But Leinster went on to win the Amlin Challenge Cup and RaboDirect PRO12 title, and Cullen admitted: "I love doing it, love representing the group. As the season panned out last year, you soul search a lot more when you're losing those games against Clermont, that's when you start contemplating giving up the game.

"Then when you start winning those games at the end of the year, that's when it feels like you can play forever. There'll come a day when I'll have to make that decision. But for now, I love what I do."

O'Connor said: "He's got a pretty good pedigree. He's the only guy to lift the Heineken Cup three times. Leo epitomises everything the group values, he's been an incredible leader. And the feeling was that there was no need to change away from that."

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