Cullen excused to care for wife

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The Independent Online

Widnes have given their coach, Paul Cullen, compassionate leave while he cares for his wife during her second fight against cancer. Chris Cullen was first affected by the disease three years ago.

Assistant coach Stuart Wilkinson and conditioner Mick Cassidy have been placed in temporary charge ahead of Sunday's pre-season friendly at Blackpool.

Former Warrington and England boss Cullen said: "I really appreciate the club's kindness in allowing me leave to care and cope at home during my wife's second fight against cancer.

"Unfortunately, we have gone through this before in 2007 which was difficult enough, only to face the fight again."