Saturday 1 October 2016

'Maybe they'll be good looking actors, like their mother' - BOD gushes over wife Amy and children

Amy Mulvaney

Published 05/07/2016 | 15:13

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships.
Photographed at the launch of eir Sport with Webb Ellis Trophy is Mickey O'Rourke, CEO eir Sport, and former Ireland international Brian O’Driscoll
BT Sport pundit Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O Driscoll and Amy Huberman on their wedding day at St Josephs Church in Aughavas Co Leitrim.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Brian O'Driscoll on day six of the Wimbledon Championships
Brian O'Driscoll is greeted by his wife Amy Huberman after playing his final professional game of rugby
Amy's husband Brian O’Driscoll with their daughter Sadie outside Dublin Castle celebrating the yes result in Ireland's same sex marriage referendum last year. Photo: El Keegan

Brian O'Driscoll said he wants his two children to "find their own path" when it comes to a future in the spotlight.

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The retired rugby star is one of Ireland's most iconic athlethes and his wife Amy Huberman is award-winning actress and best-selling author, but that doesn't mean he wants little Sadie (three) and Billy (one) to follow in their famous footsteps.

When asked whether his two children will go into a career in the sport, he said he’s going to take it as it comes.

“Whatever they’re into. I’m certainly not going to be one of those parents on the sidelines shouting at the referee,” he laughed.

Brian O'Driscoll is greeted by his wife Amy Huberman after playing his final professional game of rugby
Brian O'Driscoll is greeted by his wife Amy Huberman after playing his final professional game of rugby

“I’m determined to just let them find their own path.”

“Maybe my two kids will be good looking actors like their mother."

Although he retired from international rugby in 2014, he still makes a conscious effort to stay in top physical shape and he even weighs himself twice a day.

“I do pilates a couple of days a week, just to keep my back ticking over,” he added, saying that he also does one-on-one boxing.

Amy's husband Brian O’Driscoll with their daughter Sadie outside Dublin Castle celebrating the yes result in Ireland's same sex marriage referendum last year. Photo: El Keegan
Amy's husband Brian O’Driscoll with their daughter Sadie outside Dublin Castle celebrating the yes result in Ireland's same sex marriage referendum last year. Photo: El Keegan

O’Driscoll currently works as a pundit for BT Sport and was speaking at the launch of eir Sport, which has secured the rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Meanwhile, he said he "understands" why several Irish golfers have pulled out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where the risk of Zika virus is high.

Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell have withdrawn from the event due to fears of the virus, which has been linked to several birth defects.

“Obviously all of those individuals have thought long and hard about it,” the 37-year-old told independent.ie.

BT Sport pundit Brian O'Driscoll
BT Sport pundit Brian O'Driscoll

“In a huge number of their cases they’re just married, getting married, looking at having children and if they feel and if they’ve taken medical advice, that it’s not smart for them to go, you’ve got to respect their decision.”

Rory will reportedly wed Erica Stoll on New Year's Eve, Lowry just wed Wendy Horner in New York and McDowell and Kristin Stape wed in 2013.

“I’d be like everyone else where you’ve to respect people’s decision, be it because of the Zika virus, be it because of potential security issues, be it because maybe some don’t think it fits into their schedule the way everyone else sees it, or because it’s not the ultimate in a golfer’s career.”

“Is a Major bigger than the Olympic gold? Probably,” he noted.

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