Brian O'Driscoll sets sights on being a dad – and beating England

Brian O'Driscoll and his wife Amy at the wedding of team-mate Gordon D’Arcy last summer

BRIAN O'Driscoll has told of his excitement about becoming a father when wife Amy Huberman gives birth to their first child.

The Leinster and Ireland star and his actress wife are expected to welcome their new addition within the next 10 days.

Speaking at Carton House in Maynooth, Co Kildare yesterday, where the international team are training ahead of this weekend's Six Nations match against England, O'Driscoll (33) said: "We're really looking forward to it. It's going to be bigger than anything I've done on the rugby pitch."

The couple have not announced the sex of the baby and the legendary centre refused to reveal any names under consideration.

"We don't want to announce what it is, as apparently you go off names after you announce them."

While his other half will walk the red carpet at this Saturday's IFTAs at the Convention Centre Dublin, BOD will be confined to the Co Kildare hotel with his Ireland teammates.

Huberman is nominated for the Best Actress in TV award for her performance in Comedy Central's 'Threesome'.

Meanwhile, O'Driscoll's fellow rugby international Paul O'Connell has credited his two-year-old son for giving him a renewed love for the sport.

He said that his only child Paddy, who was born in April 2010, has helped him to stay calm in the build-up to high-pressure matches.

O'Connell is currently out after undergoing surgery for a back injury. He is expected to be back on the pitch in April and is hoping to line out for Ireland at the next World Cup.

"Five or six years ago, I used to think about retirement a lot because of... the pressure," he said on the 'Ray D'Arcy Show' yesterday.

"I have pretty much gotten over that now," he said, later adding, "Paddy probably has a lot to do with it. He's good fun and he's been great."

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