John Cullen – USA Eagle and former University of Utah football offensive tackle signs with the Utah Warriors.
The Utah Warriors and Head Coach Alf Daniels are happy to announce the signing of USA Eagle and University of Utah football offensive tackle John Cullen.
“I’m eager and ready to do my part in helping build this program. Utah’s rugby community has been waiting for an opportunity like this so we can show what we’ve got” said Cullen. “Having a true professional rugby environment develop in the state of Utah is not only exciting for us now, but also for the future generations of rugby players. They’ll grow up in a place where they can watch professional rugby.”
Cullen grew up in California and played rugby in High School. He went on to play football at Fullerton College, and eventually the University of Utah as the No. 1-rated junior college lineman in the country. During his two seasons at Utah, Cullen started all 24 regular season games and made the PAC 12 All-conference team in 2011. After a stint in NFL practice squads with the Chargers and Jets Cullen returned to Utah to finish his degree and play rugby under Coach Blake Burdette.
“I’m eager and ready to do my part in helping build this program. Utah’s rugby community has been waiting for an opportunity like this so we can show what we’ve got”
Cullen quickly made an impact playing number 8 at Utah and was selected for the Collegiate All-American tour to New Zealand in 2013. After a strong New Zealand tour, he was called up to the Eagles camp, made an appearance against Romania, and earned his first starting cap against Tonga. In 2014 Cullen joined the Seattle Saracens and was an integral part of the team that won the British Columbia Rugby Union Championship in 2015. Locally, John has been a long time member of the Park City Haggis club.
Cullen is a Paratrooper in the Utah guard. Cullen has been a member of the Utah National Guard for two years and holds the rank of Sergeant. Combining his passion for rugby with his military commitment, John has been an important part of the All-Army 7s team.
“We’re very fortunate to have John in the squad,” said Warriors Head Coach Alf Daniels. “His strength, size, and athleticism allow him to cover multiple positions in our forward pack. He’s in great shape and will be able to make an impact from day one. His leadership and background in the military will definitely be critical for us both during game time and on the practice field. I’m excited to see him thrive in our program.”
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