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Leo Cullen and his wife Dairine Kennedy. Photo: Damien Eagers

Leo Cullen and his wife Dairine Kennedy. Photo: Damien Eagers

Leo Cullen and his wife Dairine Kennedy. Photo: Damien Eagers

HE has hung up his rugby boots, but Leo Cullen can now start stocking up on baby booties instead.

The legendary rugby giant and his wife, Dairine Kennedy, are expecting their first child.

The hugely popular former Leinster captain will be lining out for nappy-changing duties in three months' time.

"Leo and I are expecting a baby, so exciting times ahead. I'm around 27 weeks now," said Dairine.

The couple have shared their exciting news with family, friends and colleagues.

"We're very excited about our baby news," Cork-born DAirine said.

The timing couldn't be better for petite Dairine, who married the six-foot-five star in Co Wexford three years ago.

Leo (36), who was the first player ever to captain a team to three Heineken Cup victories, retired from an illustrious playing career last May after winning the 2014 Pro12 Grand Final.

The Wicklow-born hero is now a forwards coach at Leinster, and Dairine is one half of KDK, an Irish accessories brand.

"Yes, it's great timing, so were looking forward to it," said Dairine who, with her older sister Keira launched the KDK brand of digitally printed cashmere scarves last year.

Leo met Dairine through his brother, Owen. The couple are great friends with Brian O'Driscoll and his wife Amy Huberman, and Leo was named as Leinster captain when Brian O'Driscoll stepped down from the role.

Earlier this year, BOD paid a glowing tribute to his pal, calling him "the heartbeat" of Leinster.

He added that "everything that is good about Leinster is everything that is good about Leo Cullen".

fdillon@herald.ie


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