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Tuesday 21 January 2020

Lions make a splash as Amy packs her bags

Sean O’Brien, Jonathan Sexton and Rob Kearney take part in a pool recovery session
Sean O’Brien, Jonathan Sexton and Rob Kearney take part in a pool recovery session
Alun-Wyn Jones and Tommy Bowe at Hong Kong airport
Brian O'Driscoll and Geoff Parling on the flight
Jamie Heaslip
Michael Colgan and Amy Huberman at the opening of ‘An Enemy of the People’ at the Gate Theatre

Laura Butler

ACTRESS Amy Huberman will play the supportive wife as she attends all three of the Lions' Test matches in Australia.

As her sporting star husband Brian O'Driscoll landed in Hong Kong yesterday, the 33-year-old mother-of-one enjoyed a night out with her family in Dublin.

Amy joined her father Harold and mother Sandra to see her brother Mark (35) on stage at the opening of 'An Enemy of the People' in the Gate Theatre.

Huberman told the Irish Independent she "can't wait" to follow her other half Down Under next month and will spend three weeks following the squad with baby daughter Sadie.

"We're really looking forward to it, it's going to be a real girls' road trip because Sadie and I are going over with my cousin Noleen," she said.

"There's been so much going on and you just hope he's fit and okay to play, but I can't wait now – I'm starting to get excited.

"I don't know yet how much we'll get to see of Brian. I want him to enjoy it all and get involved in everything, so I'm not sure what their schedule will be like and you don't want to be annoying him, but I'm sure he'll want to spend time with Sadie."

Meanwhile, BOD and his Lions teammates made the most of the 12-hour journey from London Heathrow to Hong Kong International Airport.

Travelling in style, the 37-man squad filled the front of a British Airways flight and wasted no time in getting comfortable.

Each of the players enjoyed a first-class seat worth €7,000, complete with its own 15-inch TV screen and noise cancelling headset, a personal wardrobe for their kit, electric window blinds and a partition screen for when they wanted to sleep under their own duvet.

On-flight menus included a three-course dinner with a Bistro service of soups, pastas, cakes and sandwiches in-between. Entertainment included a choice of 100 movies and TV programmes, 50 music albums and 20 interactive games.

BOD sat next to Geoff Parling and the pair happily kicked back in their socks reading the paper as the flight took off, while Jamie Heaslip battled the air-conditioned cabin by wearing a humidifier over his face.

The Lions will play the Barbarians in Hong Kong on Saturday, a warm-up game before flying on to Australia, where their first game is in Perth.

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