Toulouse – Leinster: “The locker room is devastated” assures Léo Cullen, manager of Leinster after the defeat

Toulouse – Leinster: “The locker room is devastated” assures Léo Cullen, manager of Leinster after the defeat
Toulouse – Leinster: “The locker room is devastated” assures Léo Cullen, manager of Leinster after the defeat

At a press conference, Leinster manager Leo Cullen spoke at length about his team’s defeat, the fourth in the final of the competition since 2018.

Leinster, beaten regularly by Stade Toulouse at Tottenham, has not won the Champions Cup since 2018 and even remains on three consecutive defeats in the final of the competition. After this superb meeting, Irish manager Leo Cullen was nevertheless rather lucid about the performance of his team, who fell in England to stronger players than them. “It was a very competitive meeting,” he said in the preamble. But Toulouse was very good in the defensive fight, even if our boys always tried things throughout the match. […] In the locker room, everyone is devastated, it’s really difficult but that’s the way sport is. The coin simply fell on Toulouse’s side, that’s the nature of sport at the highest level. »

Cullen: “Doris and Ryan will be our standard bearers”

After taking a short break, the former second row of the Blues and the Irish selection resumed: “I feel like my Leinstermen were immense, despite everything. This match did not make us lose confidence in ourselves and we believe that we can win this Champions Cup again. Caelan Doris and James Ryan, our leaders who are only 25 years old, will be the standard bearers of our team in the years to come. Very quickly, we will also see what we are made of and if we are capable of winning the United Rugby Championship. The next challenge will be Friday evening against Connacht, who will not spare us either. »

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