Wednesday 21 March 2018

I’m looking forward to Leo not having any bruises

Leo Cullen and wife Dairine Kennedy
Leo Cullen and wife Dairine Kennedy
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

HER husband will retire as a professional rugby player within weeks, but Leo Cullen's wife Dairine insits the only part of their lives that will change is his eating habits.

Leinster talisman Leo will remain involved with the Heineken Cup-winning Blues as a coach. His other half, whom he married in July 2011, told the Herald that she's delighted to see him stay on.

She said: “I don't actually think there will be much change to our lives when Leo's finished playing because he's still going to be very much involved with the coaching side of things, so it's not like he'll be going cold turkey,” Dairine said. “If he were I think we'd feel differently about it, but he loves rugby and will always want to be involved.”

The rugby WAG is looking forward to seeing Leo no longer battered and bruised on the couch after a battle on the field.

The couple will now be allowed to enjoy more sweet treats in their home going forward.

The Blues take on Edinburgh in the RaboDirect PRO12 this weekend and hope to secure a place in the final at the end of the month.

Leo's wife, as well as both their parents, will be watching on from the stands at the RDS.

“I thought that I would be more emotional, but everything has honestly worked out so well that we're just so excited for the next step,” Dairine said.

The designer has plenty to keep her busy as her hubby embarks on the next phase of his career.

Dairine is one half of KDK with her sister Keira Kennedy, well-known for their cashmere scarves.

The siblings joined 30 fellow designers and personalities to customise a jockey's helmet to celebrate The Jack & Jill Foundation being the official charity partner for The Irish Derby next month.

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