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Meet NOD: The unlikely bromance

Melanie Finn, Showbiz Edito

Published 11/03/2013 | 12:28

9 March 2013; Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll is greeted by his wife Amy and daughter Sadie after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v France, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Brian O'Driscoll is greeted by his wife Amy and daughter Sadie after the game. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
9 March 2013; Amy Huberman with her daughter Sadie after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v France, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
9 March 2013; Amy Huberman with her daughter Sadie after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v France, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Niall Horan meets rugby hero Brian O'Driscoll on Saturday

It's a story of the unlikely bromance of two of Ireland’s biggest names. One’s a pretty boy popstar, the other a tough man rugby hero. Yes, that right. Niall Horan and Brian O’Driscoll are best buds.

The famous pair met in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as Niall got VIP tickets to see Ireland battle it out with France in the Six Nations. And O’Driscoll found time to meet up with the One Direction singer – and give him a signed jersey.

After the game, new dad Brian invited the Mullingar man back to the dressing room with a group of pals. Brian then presented him with a signed No13 Jersey with the singer’s name on the back of it with the message: “To Niall, great to meet you.” Niall even managed to nab an invite to the official post-match dinner.

“Niall’s a massive rugby fan and is in total awe of Brian O’Driscoll. He’s been wanting to meet him for ages so was thrilled with the opportunity,” said a source.

Afterwards, he posted up a message saying: “Awesome day at Ireland v France. Brian O’Driscoll, ya legend.” And they plan to meet again, as O’Driscoll posted a picture of a beer online today saying: “Good meeting you yesterday. Catch you soon at that yoke.”

Meanwhile, music mogul Simon Cowell has imposed strict Twitter rules on One Direction for their Irish visit amid security concerns.\[Mark Hayes\]Dublin fans desperate to find out the chart-toppers’ whereabouts have been using the social networking site to keep tabs on them.

However, the X Factor boss has restricted what they can write online during their stay in Ireland after they sparked chaos among their fans.

A source said: “Due to the location services that come up when they send Tweets, some fans have been able to get a location from each band member. As a result, some fans found their tour bus and tried to sneak on.

“It was all getting too much and as a result, Simon decided to put a stop to it. None of the boys are allowed to Tweet the day of a show except for afterwards when they can thank their fans for coming.

“Simon wants a drama-free end to their Irish tour as it has been such a big success for them.”

Tomorrow night will see Niall take to the stage at the O2 Dublin for the third time with band-mates Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles. And to make sure the boyband are totally protected onstage, MCD has devised a list of banned items to deter fans from throwing anytime up on stage.

This includes glow sticks, umbrellas, glass items, recording equipment and professional cameras. The band has booked out a floor in the Four Seasons hotel in Dublin for their final two Dublin dates but also have the option of sleeping on one of their two tour buses.

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