Leo Cullen will be looking to hit the upcoming season running after losing out the Pro12 title to Connacht and a disappointing performance in the Champions Cup.

Leinster have adopted a very similar style to Ireland recently, playing low-risk/high defence rugby, which is unsurprising given that Leinster players make up the majority of the Irish squad.

Also unsurprising is that Leinster fell into many of the same traps Ireland have of late, such as their over-reliance on kicking, leading to many low-scoring games.

Leinster have decided to cut down numbers in their extended squad with 17 players making an exit including starting or near-starting players, Ian Madigan, Ben Te’o, Marty Moore, Isaac Boss, Eoin Redden and Luke Fitzgerald.Hannah Peters/Getty Images Sport

Only four incoming players have yet been confirmed with the most high-profile being the transfer of Robbie Henshaw from Connacht for what could be the making of a very dangerous centre pairing with Gary Ringrose.

Scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park will fill what is beginning to look like a very alarming hole in Leinster’s choice of half-backs. The 24-year old will join the squad at the end of the Hurricanes Super Rugby season.

Other signings include second-row Ian Nagle from London Irish and Leicester Tiger’s fullback Niall Morris.

With no silverware to their name since 2014, Leinster are not the force they once were and will be under pressure to begin making their way back to their former status of one of the best in Europe.

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