Friday 31 October 2014

Rugby star Luke Fitzgerald finally goes public with girlfriend Cheryl... who's a ringer for ex Nadia Forde

Published 05/05/2014 | 07:44

Guests arrive at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball 2014 at The Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland - 03.05.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Luke Fitzgerald & guest
Luke Fitzgerald and his girlfriend Cheryl O'Rourke arrive at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Guests arrive at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball 2014 at The Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland - 03.05.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Luke Fitzgerald & guest
Luke Fitzgerald and his girlfriend Cheryl O'Rourke arrive at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

Rugby star Luke Fitzgerald went public with his romance over the weekend.

The Ireland winger set tongues wagging after turning up to the Leinster Ball on Saturday night with  a new lady.

And onlookers couldn’t help remarking on the uncanny similarity the young lady in question bore to his former girlfriend Nadia Forde – who attended the same event with him in 2012.

In fact, the Diary can reveal that his other half is Ballymun-born model and club dancer Cheryl O’Rourke, whom he has been dating for the past year.

Clearly Luke has a certain type, given that the Diva Next Door winner has the same brown eyes, sallow skin and curvy figure as his ex-girlfriend.

Wearing a full-length citrus coloured evening gown with a revealing plunging neckline, the 5ft 3in beauty looked tiny in comparison to her strapping partner as they were snapped outside the Mansion House.

While his sporting career might not be going to plan right now, given the Leinster winger was once again withdrawn from the squad last minute, his personal life is certainly going well.

He has been plagued with problem groin muscles since last January, forcing him to miss the Six Nations as he tried to recover.

Guests arrive at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball 2014 at The Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland - 03.05.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Holly Carpenter, Cian Healy
Holly Carpenter, Cian Healy
Guests arrive at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball 2014 at The Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland - 03.05.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Luke Fitzgerald & guest
Luke Fitzgerald and girlfriend Cheryl O'Rourke
3 May 2014; Leinster's Brendan Macken and Charlotte Cunningham in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. T Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Leinster's Brendan Macken and Charlotte Cunningham in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Cheering him up no doubt has been Cheryl, whom he was first linked with last summer but has yet to publicly confirm the romance.

A source said; “The rugby guys usually like to keep their cards close to their chests when it comes to new girlfriends and relationships.

“So the fact that he brought her as his date to the event shows that they are clearly moving things up a notch.

“Things are obviously going well between them.”

This is the first time that the sports star has been linked with a lady since breaking up with top model Nadia Forde.

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Luke's former love Nadia Forde. Picture Tony Gavin

The pair dated for over a year, with the model-turned-singer a constant support for him during his injury woes and a regular attendee at his matches.

They parted ways in May 2012 after deciding it wasn’t working but neither of them have spoken at length about their relationship.

Nadia recently flew to LA to try and make it as a popstar and was filmed in her adventures for a TV3 documentary.

(The Herald)

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