New Leinster boss Matt O'Connor has confirmed that Leo Cullen will once again skipper the Irish outfit.
Cullen first took the reins for the 2008/09 season and hasn't looked back, hoisting the Heineken Cup trophy aloft on three occasions.
At 35, Cullen is coming to the end of his playing days, but O'Connor believes he remains the best man to lead Leinster.
"He's got a pretty good pedigree," O'Connor told reporters at the Rabodirect PRO12 launch. "He's the only guy to lift the Heineken Cup three times. Leo epitomises everything the group values, he's been an incredible leader. And the feeling was that there was no need to change away from that."
For his part, Cullen admits that he's in the twilight of his career but that while he still has enough in the tank he wants nothing more than to lead Leinster.
"I love doing it , love representing the group," he said.
"As the season panned out last year, you soul search a lot more when you're losing those games against Clermont, that's when you start contemplating giving up the game. Then when you start winning those games at the end of the year, that's when it feels like you can play forever. There'll come a day when I'll have to make that decision. But for now, I love what I do."