Leinster coach excited about future Bulls rivalry

Leinster coach excited about future Bulls rivalry

Leinster coach Leo Cullen says he hopes the Bulls can become a true rivalry for his team in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. 

Bulls vs Leinster 25 September 2021
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Speaking on the eve of the semi-final clash between the two teams in Dublin, Cullen said he is excited about the future battles these two teams could have.


“That’s the hope. Hopefully this goes from strength to strength because you need the competition.


“We’ve had great rivalry amongst the Irish provinces and some of our other VURC and Celtic opposition as well. I’ve grown up watching the South Africans when Super Rugby started. There were so many great players and there was a certain mystique as well as a kid watching those teams. It’s a great honour for us to be able to pit ourselves against the Vodacom Bulls, who are such an iconic team in South African rugby, and against Jake White as a World Cup-winning coach and what he adds to the competition. 


“There was that period in Super Rugby where the Bulls were so dominant and some of the cricket scores they used to put on teams, particularly when they played at home. It’s something we have great respect for and we’re hugely excited about the next few years.”


Cullen said his star-studded Leinster team cannot wait to play their first fixture against the Bulls at Loftus.


“We’re still so excited about getting to Loftus and playing there. We haven’t done that ourselves yet. We’re excited at some point in the next few years about getting down there and playing in front of a big crowd and experiencing that drive to the ground. It’s a hugely exciting challenge ahead.”


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