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Rugby stars line out for scrumptious awards night

Published 12/05/2013 | 05:00

8 May 2013; Leinster's Leo Cullen, left, and Brian O'Driscoll in attendance at the Hibernia College IRUPA Rugby Player Awards 2013. Burlington Hotel, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Last week it was the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball and the sporting stars of Ireland donned their tuxedos again on Wednesday for the Hibernia College IRUPA Rugby Players Awards 2013, which took place at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.

A host of international and provincial players attended the bash, with 450 guests, to celebrate the achievements of their colleagues and teammates.

IRUPA chairman Johnny Sexton led the way with Paul O'Connell, Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney, Rory Best and Nick Williams all getting suited.

It was Simon Zebo's first time at the awards and he caused quite a stir in the foyer with fans. A painting of Brian O'Driscoll by artist Emma Spence was auctioned off, as was a dinner at Jamie Heaslip's Bear restaurant.

Irish Independent

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