The Utah Warriors will have John Cullen back for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old No 8 is 6’5″ and 265 lbs.
John retired after the 2019 MLR season to concentrate on professional and family concerns. He and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter.
During the 2019 season, John played 900 minutes in 14 matches and scored 3 tries. He carried the ball 81 times for 576 meters, made 104 tackles, and had 26 lineout takes with 2 steals.
John is originally from La Mirada, California and went to La Mirada High School, graduating in 2008. He then attended Fullerton Community College from 2008-2010 and played football. He then transferred to the University of Utah to continue playing football, and attended from 2010-2013, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.
While at Utah, he played left tackle and started 24 games in his two years playing football and was named to the All Pac-12 Conference second team in 2011. He then tried to pursue professional football with the New York Jets and with the San Diego Chargers in 2012. Although he did make the 53 man roster, he was released toward the end of pre-season and went back to the University of Utah where he turned his attention to playing rugby under Coach Blake Burdette.
Cullen played No. 8 at Utah and in after a strong performance was selected for the 2013 Collegiate All-American tour to New Zealand. After this tour, he was invited to the Eagles camp and was selected for the November 2013 European tour. Unfortunately, he did not play.
In 2014 that changed as he was again selected for the Eagles November tour and debuted against Romania. He has 4 caps, with his last coming in 2015. He hopes that this number will change and that he wear the Eagles uniform again in representing his country. He is USA Eagle No. 457.
In 2014 Cullen joined the Seattle Saracens where he played in the team winning the Elite City 7s in June, attended an Eagles 7s high performance camp in July, helped Seattle to win the USA Rugby National Club 7s, and went to London for the World Club 7s at Twickenham Stadium, where the team won the Shield. He also played with the Seattle Saracens 15s team won the British Columbia Rugby Union Championship in 2014. John also coached while in Seattle for Atavus Rugby.
John then took a break from rugby and worked on his family farm in Montana, Turtle Creek Family Farm from June 2014 to Nov. 2015. He then enlisted in the Army National Guard as a paratrooper and is a Sergeant. He is stationed at Camp Williams in Bluffdale, Utah.
While in Utah, John has played for the Park City Haggis Rugby Club and this past year also for the Utah Selects. He also has been a member of the Army 7s team, playing in the 2017 Las Vegas Invitational and Rugbytown 7s. He also played with the Army 7s in 2018.