Cullen set to join Leinster Rugby
VICTORIOUS All-Ireland winning captain Bryan Cullen is set to join the capital's other major sporting institution -- Leinster rugby.
After becoming the first Dublin man in 16 years to lift Sam Maguire, Cullen looks destined to become Leinster's sub-academy fitness coach.
The 27-year-old Skerries native will be charged with overseeing the fitness and strength development of up and coming provincial and international stars.
Cullen is on the verge of completing a PhD in exercise physiology after diligently studying under Niall Moyna at Dublin City University for the past number of years. The Dublin ace has been working part-time in the Medfit Wellness and Rehabilitation centre in Blackrock but looks set to join Leinster academy manger Colin McEntee and former Leinster and Ireland full-back Girvan Dempsey in the coming weeks.
The academy has been responsible for churning out a whole host of stars and nine of the 30-man Ireland world cup squad began their careers in the academy. The highly successful unit is based out of Riverview Gym in Donnybrook and UCD.
Cullen's potential role will include providing specialist support in the area of physical conditioning and nominating development players, implementing the IRFU's national fitness programme and working with schools and youth coaches to ensure that the success which has brought two Heineken Cup titles to the province in three years continues.
The position requires an IRFU conditioning certificate, strength and fitness coaching experience, educational qualifications as well as good organisation and communication skills.
The original advertisement for the key position within the organisation described it as "an exciting and challenging position which will play a critical role in on-going development of the fitness of players within the province".
Cullen has been playing inter-county football at the highest level for almost a decade.