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Sunday 11 December 2016

Amy's cheeky message to BOD as he joins greats of the game in Rugby Hall of Fame

Published 18/11/2016 | 02:30

Brian O’Driscoll poses in the World Rugby Hall of Fame Exhibition after its launch yesterday. Photo: Getty
Brian O’Driscoll poses in the World Rugby Hall of Fame Exhibition after its launch yesterday. Photo: Getty

Amy Huberman sent a cheeky message to congratulate Brian O'Driscoll on being inducted into The World Rugby Hall of Fame.

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O'Driscoll was attending the special ceremony in England yesterday, but it appeared that his wife was unable to be by his side.

The actress and bestselling author took to Instagram to wish her husband of six years good luck, and shared a quirky message and picture with her 170,000 followers.

Alongside a photo of her holding a cut-out of O'Driscoll's head and a rugby ball, the mother of two wrote: "To the naked eye, this may look like I'm ACTUALLY there but alas no! So proud of my other half being inducted in to The World Rugby Hall Of Fame today."

Alongside the picture of herself standing in a regular domestic front hall, she said: "I've recreated an incredibly lifelike tribute from a hall of... well, just like a regular hall really. Congrats."

Members of the public will be able to visit the attraction at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in Warwickshire from today.

Brian O’Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman in her home-made tribute to his exceptional career
Brian O’Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman in her home-made tribute to his exceptional career

The Hall of Fame noted that O'Driscoll was Ireland's all-time record try scorer and cap-holder with 46 tries in 133 test appearances from 1999-2014.

"Forging an outstanding midfield partnership with Gordon D'Arcy, O'Driscoll had the lot as a centre - power, pace and footwork in attack and the ability to win turnovers in defence with his strong presence over the ball," it said.

"The Dublin native and loyal Leinster man also won eight caps for the Lions over a career that spanned four tours, scoring a breathtaking try on debut against Australia at Brisbane in 2001. He captained the side four years later before injury curtailed his involvement.

"In 2009, O'Driscoll, a three-time IRB Player of the Year nominee, led Ireland to their first Grand Slam in 61 years."

O'Driscoll was inducted by former England captain Bill Beaumont and ex-Argentinian star Agustín Pichot.

Other players inducted in the Hall of Fame were England's Lawrence Dallaglio, Jonny Wilkinson, Jeremy Guscott and Maggie Alphonsi; Wales's Shane Williams, John Dawes and Arthur Gould; Scotland's GPS Macpherson; Japan's Daisuke Ohata; Canada's Heather Moyes and Australia's Daniel Carroll.

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