Leinster and the IRFU have this morning confirmed a contract extension for Leinster Head Coach Leo Cullen, and have also confirmed that Senior Coach Stuart Lancaster and Assistant Coaches Girvan Dempsey and John Fogarty have also been retained.
Speaking to LeinsterRugby.ie, Dawson congratulated Cullen and acknowledged the work undertaken by him in his two seasons as Leinster head coach to date.
“I think Leo deserves enormous credit for the way he has stepped up to the mark over the last two seasons. There have, of course, been challenges and disappointments but already in his short career as head coach he has led Leinster to a GUINNESS PRO12 final and to successive top-two regular season finishes,” he said.
“He has led the province to the last-four of the Champions Cup this season, having already finished top of the pool and they went very close to reaching a first Champions Cup final since 2012. We are delighted to have secured his services for another two seasons.”
Dawson also spoke about the retention of Lancaster, Dempsey and Fogarty as key components in Cullen’s coaching team with all three retaining the same titles as before.
“Stuart has had a huge impact since his arrival in early September and he brings with him a wealth of experience both on and off the field that has helped Leo and the other coaches and players massively. His dedication to the Leinster cause is there for all to see and he has been welcomed with open arms by everyone at the province.
“Girvan and John are a big part of what has made this Leinster team tick this season and in particular the performances of the younger players. They are, of course, former Leinster players themselves who understand the province but they have also worked a lot with these young players over the years in their previous roles with the Leinster Academy.”