Leinster have confirmed that Leo Cullen and his coaching staff have extended their contracts at the province.
Cullen, who was appointed as Head Coach in 2015, has signed a two-year extension that will keep him in charge at Leinster until the end of the 2018/19 season.
Senior Coach Stuart Lancaster and Assistant Coaches Girvan Dempsey and John Fogarty have also been retained.
Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson has welcomed the news.
"I think Leo deserves enormous credit for the way he has stepped up to the mark over the last two seasons”, says Dawson.
"There have of course been challenges and disappointments but already in his short career as Head Coach he has led Leinster to a Guinness PRO12 Final and to successive top two regular season finishes.
"He has led the club to the last four of the Champions Cup this season, having already finished top of the pool and they went very close to reaching a first Champions Cup Final since 2012.
"We are delighted to have secured his services for another two seasons.”
Leinster Head Coach Leo Cullen and Senior Coach Stuart Lancaster. Credit ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli
Former England Head Coach Lancaster joined the club last September, and has played a key role in the province’s progression in recent months.
"Stuart has had a huge impact on this club since his arrival in early September”, admits Dawson.
“He brings with him a wealth of experience both on and off the field that has helped Leo and the other coaches and players massively.
“His dedication to the Leinster cause is there for all to see and he has been welcomed with open arms by everyone at the club.
Dempsey and Fogarty have also signed extended deals, which ends speculation that Dempsey was on the way to coach in France.
"Girvan and John are a big part of what has made this Leinster team tick this season and in particular the performances of the younger players.
“They are of course former Leinster players themselves who understand the club but they have also worked a lot with these young players over the years in their previous roles with the Leinster Academy.”
Head Analyst Emmet Farrell has also been given the role of Kicking Coach for next season.
"Emmet has already been working with our backs on their kicking this season”, admitted Dawson.
“We look forward to him being able to build on the progress we have made in this area.
"I think I echo the views of our supporters when I wish Leo, Stuart, Girvan, John and Emmet all the very best in the coming years.