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Sunday 20 April 2014

Leinster rugby stars seal party night out with a Kiss

Leinster rugby stars dressed as glam rockers Kiss for their Christmas party, from left Dave Kearney, Brendan Macken, Rob Kearney and Brian O'Driscoll
Leinster rugby stars dressed as glam rockers Kiss for their Christmas party, from left Dave Kearney, Brendan Macken, Rob Kearney and Brian O'Driscoll

THESE heavy metal heroes know how to ruck and roll.

They may not be instantly recognisable but behind the make-up, leathers and long black hair were some of the best- known faces in Irish rugby.

The Leinster rugby team enjoyed their Christmas party and decided to make this year's the most memorable yet.

Getting into the festive spirit, the sports stars stepped into character on Saturday night at Baroque Nightclub at The Wright Venue in Swords, Co Dublin.

Proving that they are not shy when it comes to adhering to a dress code, the team-mates went all-out for the occasion, using wigs, face paint and props to complete their outrageous costumes.

Team talisman Brian O'Driscoll decided to put a band together for the evening. He and pals Rob and Dave Kearney, as well as rising star Brendan Macken, showed their rock 'n' roll side, transforming themselves into Gene Simmons's music group Kiss. However, O'Driscoll went home early while his bandmates chose to rock 'n' roll late into the night.

"Due to musical differences the group has split already..." tweeted Rob Kearney yesterday.

But it was Cian Healy's menacing outfit that attracted the most attention.

Although his right foot was strapped up due to injury, he posed for photographs looking terrifying as Bane, the super villain of the Batman comic books.

Other outfits included Spiderman and Dutch footballer Edgar Davids.

The entire team was in attendance for the themed affair and Leinster captain Leo Cullen led the way, strolling into the nightclub in an all-in-one green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle get-up.

The players were given their own area in the nightclub and stayed until the early hours of yesterday morning.

Coach Matt O'Connor's team will be back on the rugby pitch on December 28 to play Ulster in the RaboDirect PRO12 at the RDS.

Irish Independent

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