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Sunday 19 August 2018

Cullen yet to put pen to paper on Leinster contract

DUBLIN'S All-Ireland-winning captain Bryan Cullen could be about to join Leinster Rugby as the fitness coach to the Sub-Academy.

Despite reports in the Irish Independent this morning, Cullen has not put pen to paper on the contract. But, he has been offered the post and it is expected he will do so imminently.

As soon as the last details are finalised, Cullen would take up a role working under Leinster Academy manager Colin McEntee.

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”.

The Skerries Harps wing forward certainly has the sports credentials to go with the academic value of completing a Doctorate (PhD) in Exercise Physiology at Dublin City University, where he is working under the lauded sports scientist Niall Moyna.

The crossover from Gaelic football to rugby will hold obvious interest for the former Dublin centre back and the first Blue to lift the Sam Maguire Cup in 16 years last Sunday.

Cullen represented Ireland in 2004, 2005 and 2008 in the International Series against Australia. He is perfectly placed to give a fresh impact, coming from another highly competitive sport.

Team manager Guy Easterby might as well have been talking about Cullen when alluding to the “positivity” that can evolve out of a mutually beneficial relationship between the success of Leinster rugby and Dublin GAA.

“It is a huge positive for Leinster, with Kilkenny winning

the hurling and with Dublin now winning the football,” said Easterby. “It is great for the area. I just hope that the positivity that has come out of yesterday was plain for all to see.

“I hope it could be carried on because I am sure they can have benefits from Leinster doing well in the European Cup.”

The Dublin county board is also of the understanding that Cullen has been offered a position.

“We are an amateur organisation, he is looking for gainful employment so it would be a totally individual thing for him,” one source outlined.

“He is doing sports science, and strength and conditioning would be part and parcel of it. We don’t employ those type of people on an ongoing basis.”

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