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    <t></t><table summary="Layout table" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><t><tr><td>Cullen On The Bench</td></tr>
    <td>9 December 2006, 4:35 pm</td></tr>
    <td>By Pat Geraghty</td></tr>
    <td>The vacant spot in the Munster replacements bench has been filled by Christian Cullen.</td></tr>
    <td>Christian Cullen will take his
    place on the Munster bench for the Heineken Cup game with Cardiff Blues
    on Sunday (1pm). One spot had been left open when Declan Kidney
    announced his match day squad on Friday with Cullen bracketed with
    Mossy Lawlor and Diogo Mateus. However, Cullen on foot of an impressive
    return to action last weekend against Connacht gets the nod for the
    vacant spot.

    Meanwhile, the Munster squad landed in Cardiff earlier today,
    their TNT Airways Boeing 737-300 touching down in gloriously sunny
    conditions. Highly efficient baggage handling had them quickly
    dispatched from the terminal and most of the squad were checked into
    their team hotel, the Vale of Glammorgan, by 1.30pm.

    As is the norm, a group of players, Ronan O’Gara, Shaun Payne, Jeremy Manning and Tomas O’Leary
    went to The Arms Park, to acquaint themselves with the match venue and
    to get in some kicking practice under the watchful eyeof kicking coach
    Mark Tainton.

    Munster captain Paul O'Connell is under no illusions of the size of
    the task facing his side tomorrow. "Cardiff will be dangerous for a
    number of reasons, not least the fear if they lose they could be out of
    Europe. It's a massive game for them.

    "They have lots of internationals playing. The experience is there
    and with home advantage it's bound to weigh things up in their favour.
    Martyn Williams is in top form and Mike Phillips has been a great
    signing for them.

    "They've got class all over the pitch, so we're under no illusions about how difficult it's going to be."</td></tr></t></table>

    There was never really a doubt was there, good for him. i hope he gets a run out, as long as it's not at the expense of an injury