The average age of the Leinster Rugby starting XV for last Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final against Clermont came in at just under 27 years of age.

That average drops further to 26.5 years when you include the bench.

The XV included seven players aged 24 years or younger, with another four players aged under 25 on the bench.

This season the RDS faithful have seen young players making pivotal contributions in Leinster’s push to reach the semi-finals in both the Champions Cup and Guinness PRO12.

And with plenty more Academy players yet to feature for the senior team, Leo Cullen believes supporters should be excited about the future of the province.

“When you’ve got an age profile, and so many of the 23 are in that 21-25 bracket…I am genuinely excited for the future for Leinster. We’ll try and add bits to the team as we move forward.

“Those guys, I think they’re showing the right characteristics, which is probably the most pleasing thing of all. They’ve a ton of ability and talent, but they work hard at their game. It’s important that we try and keep pushing those characteristics because that’s what will lead to the long term success for the club.

“I have a lot of faith in the guys – even some guys that haven’t featured yet for the team. There’s guys pushing behind that that are showing some good positive signs as well.”

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