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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 July, 2003, 22:29 GMT 23:29 UK
Cullen agrees Munster move
Christian Cullen in action for the All Blacks
Christian Cullen in action against England in June 2003
Munster have confirmed the signing of former All Blacks star Christian Cullen on a three-year contract.

The Wellington full-back, capped 58 times by his country, will join the Munster squad later this year.

Cullen, the record Super 12 try scorer, told the club's website: "I am really thrilled to be coming over to play with Munster.

"It's a great opportunity to play with one of the most successful sides in European rugby - everything about the move is exciting."

The 27-year-old made his international debut against Samoa in 1996 and has since scored 236 Test points, including a record 46 tries.

Munster coach Alan Gaffney said: "Christian is not just world class he's also a really lovely guy who will fit in superbly well here.

"Besides the obvious advantages that a player of his talent will bring, I believe that the players around him will benefit enormously from his presence in the squad.

"He carries a wealth of experience on young shoulders.

"He is truly a player of enormous stature in the world game and I think it's a huge tribute to Irish rugby but in particular to Munster that he has opted to continue his career with us."

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