Rugby Absence of ego critical to Cullen making Leinster into reborn powerhouse

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Rugby Leo Cullen. Photo: Sportsfile

Leo Cullen. Photo: Sportsfile

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“A man’s got to know his limitations” – Callahan, Magnum Force

When Matt O’Connor was taken out by a Blue bullet two years into his three-year contract, Leinster weren’t exactly blessed with an immediate successor back in 2015.

The timing couldn’t have been worse.

The World Cup was on the horizon and many prospective coaches were either tied up or just not interested enough in what was perceived to be a dying giant. From the outside, it did not look all that appealing as the golden generation had moved into retirement, Brian O’Driscoll hanging up his boots in 2014 and Leinster looking under-manned in Europe.

Eras end. That has always been the way. It is what you do when it happens that matters most. Look at Bath in England. They have not won the Premiership since dominating domestically in the early 1990s.

Look at Leicester Tigers. They were in their pomp in a seven-year stretch between 2007 and 2013, winning the Premiership four times, making the final on the other three occasions.

Since then, there has been nothing to shout about, getting to the semi-finals three times, but no further.

Look at Toulouse. The

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