O’Kelly backs Leo Cullen at Leinster

John Hand

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Cullen in his playing days with Leinster. Image credit: M+MD(Flickr)

MALCOLM O’KELLY has backed Leo Cullen for a successful reign as Leinster head coach.

Cullen has come under-fire with poor start to the season.

The Blues have slumped to defeats against Wasps, Bath and Toulon in their Champions Cup campaign. It is highly unlikely they will get out of their pool even if they win their three remaining games.

But O’Kelly, who made over 200 appearances for Leinster and won 92 caps with Ireland, has got behind his ex-Leinster teammate and says it’s too easy to point the finger at Leo Cullen when the players are under-preforming.

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Malcolm O’Kelly. Image credit: Twitter

He told thecircular.org: “I would always stick by Leo before I’d have a bias towards him.

“A lot of people have been pointing the finger at the new coach and for me I think it’s a wee bit unfair.

“I think Leinster are struggling, there’s no doubt.

“But having played with Leo and by having an inside track on him, I know how good he’ll be.

Joe Schmidt lost his first two games for Leinster and he has turned out to be probably the best coach in the world.

“Leo is up and coming and you either have to stick with him or you cut him down before he gets going.

“People just have to be patient and say ‘OK, this is a new coach. He’s the guy that Leinster relied on for years and years.’ And you just have to trust him.”

 

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