Leo Cullen spoke about the leadership structures within the squad and the role of the captaincy at a media event ahead of the new Guinness PRO14 season.

Johnny Sexton served as Leinster Rugby captain last season, with Luke McGrath and Rhys Ruddock as the two vice-captains.

With all three players in Japan for the Rugby World Cup, Cullen was asked who would be stepping into those roles in the opening weeks of the season.

“We went through a process of voting for leaders that the players voted for,” Cullen said at Aviva Stadium.

“We’ve a leadership group now of five players, of which Scott (Fardy) is one. Ross Molony, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ed Byrne and Fergus McFadden, they’re the five players that form our leadership group at this stage.

“The season is tricky with guys away and coming back in. Last season we had Johnny as our captain, Rhys as vice-captain and Luke McGrath was there as well. Those three are at the World Cup now but we have a strong group of leaders.

“We haven’t made an announcement as such but Johnny is the captain of the club and he’s still captain of the club. I think everyone would recognise that. Johnny led the group incredibly well last season and obviously led the team to two finals.

“Hopefully he’s going to play a huge part in Ireland progressing at the World Cup but it’s the status quo as things stand.”

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