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Friday 22 September 2017

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
Cian Healy dressed as Bane with Michael Wright, owner of the nightclub
Kiss: Dave Kearney
Cian Healy as Bane
The Kiss line-up which included Dave and Rob Kearney, Brian O’Driscoll (on far right) and Brendan Macken
Quinn Roux arrives at Baroque Nightclub at the Leinster Christmas party
Ian Madigan ,Fergus McFadden and Sean Cronin at Baroque Nightclub at The Wright Venue in Swords,Dublin on Saturday night where Leinster players held their Christmas party
Rhys Ruddock arrives at Baroque Nightclub at The Wright Venue in Swords,Dublin on Saturday night where Leinster Rugby Club players partied as part of their Christmas party. Pic:Brian McEvoy
Cian Healy, Michael Wright (Owner Baroque Club) and Janie Heaslip (Confirm) at Baroque Nightclub at The Wright Venue in Swords, Dublin on Saturday night where Leinster players had their Christmas party
Aaron Dundon at the Leinster Christmas party
Zane Kirchner, Luke McGrath and Darragh Fanning at the Leinster Christmas party
Leon Auva'a arrive at Baroque Nightclub at The Wright Venue in Swords, Dublin on Saturday night where Leinster Rugby Club players partied as part of their Christmas party.
Devin Toner arrives at the Leinster Christmas party
Leo Auv'a with Devin Toner in background arrive at the Leinster Christmas party
Darragh Fanning arrives at the Leinster players Christmas party
Leo Cullen arrives at Baroque Nightclub for the Leinster Christmas party
Cian Healy with Michael Wright (Owner Baroque Club) at the Leinster Christmas party in Swords
Leinster Player Isaac Boss and Brooke Wright at the Leinster Christmas party
Michael Bent at Baroque Nightclub at The Wright Venue in Swords, Dublin for the Leinster Christmas party
Leinster rugby stars - Dave Kearney, Rob Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll and Brendan Macken - dressed as glam rockers Kiss for their Christmas party
Jordi Murphy and Jack O'Connell arrives at Baroque Nightclub at The Wright Venue in Swords,Dublin on Saturday night where Leinster Rugby Club held their Christmas party.
Leinster Player Aaron Dundon at Baroque Nightclub at The Wright Venue in Swords,Dublin on Saturday night where Leinster Rugby Club players partied as part of their Christmas party. Pic:Brian McEvoy
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

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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