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Leo Cullen becomes Ireland’s 100th captain
Leo Cullen has been named captain of Ireland’s rugby team to line out against Scotland on Saturday.
The Leinster man temporarily replaces team mate Brian O’Driscoll (pictured) who is missing the game due to a neck and shoulder injury.
According to the IRFU, Cullen will become Ireland’s 100th captain when he lines out at Murrayfield in Edinburgh at the weekend.
Commenting on the decision, Ireland’s head coach Declan Kidney said,
"Once Leo was in the team he was the natural man to captain it. He was knocking on the door during the last Six Nations.
"I know Leo well and we're fortunate that captaincy sits easily on his shoulders.
"When there's so much as stake for the players, you don't want to be burdening them with it, but I was delighted to be able to hand it to him."
Cullen has had success at the Scottish ground before, leading his Leinster side to Heineken Cup glory in 2009.
Saturday’s Test match will be the player’s 30th national team cap. He has previously skippered the country at under-19, under-21 and ‘a’ level.
"To be asked by Declan to be captain is a real privilege for me. I think sometimes you appreciate it more when it comes later in your career," he said.
"I've been knocking around for quite a while now at this stage and I've had a lot of ups and downs, particularly in the international sphere.
"It's something I really appreciate, playing for Ireland, because there's been plenty of years where I sat back and watched the team from afar. It's kind of a strange feeling.
"To get the opportunity to lead the team out is a special day for me."