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Cian Healy and Jamie Heaslip give thumbs up in selfie on plane as they touch down in Paris

Published 14/03/2014 | 09:04

Cian Healy with Jamie Heaslip to the left
Cian Healy with Jamie Heaslip to the left

Spirits are high in the Irish rugby camp - as Cian Healy shows in this selfie.

Cian took the snap shortly after a seemingly relaxed Irish team touched down in Paris.

Team mate Jamie Heaslip can be seen giving the thumbs-up.

Their demeanour matched rugby hero Brian O'Driscoll who was oozing calmness as he walked through Charles de Gaulle.

Joe Schmidt's squad arrived at Paris yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s crunch Six Nations clash with France.

The team were on a full flight from Dublin, which included a number of supporters and family members of several players.

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The sports stars were given a round of applause as they boarded the packed Aer Lingus plane, but there was no special treatment when they left the arrivals hall on French soil, as each player carried his own bags and passed through unnoticed by locals.

Leinster prop Cian Healy was volunteered to push a trolley-load of equipment, while out-half Jonathan Sexton kept his hand bandaged.

Keen to stay focused, O'Driscoll was trying to keep a low profile in Dublin airport before take-off and sat away from fellow passengers, on the floor in the corner at the gate.

But it did not stop dozens of fans approaching the 34-year-old to get their picture taken or simply congratulate him on his 15 years of service to Irish rugby.

His parents, Frank and Ger, flew over with the team yesterday.

BOD’s wife, Amy Huberman, is making her own way to the match.

hnews@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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