Match made in heaven as Robert pops the question
THEY may have to borrow something but they'll definitely have something blue for walking up the aisle.
Leinster supporter Robert Murphy (32) went down on one knee pitch-side and proposed to his girlfriend Ruth Larkin at half-time during a rugby match at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night.
The 45,000-strong crowd watching the Leinster and Munster Rabo Direct Pro12 clash clapped and cheered after she said: 'Yes'.
"I was definitely surprised," said Ruth (32), who comes from the same place as her husband-to-be, Blackrock, Co Dublin.
"We met through mutual friends and had been going out for eight years now so it has been a while coming and he was going to have to do something dramatic."
The proposal took weeks of planning after Robert made contact with Leinster Rugby through his friend, DJ Bob Conway, who mans the PA system for all the matches. Robert told Ruth they had won a competition in order to get her down onto the pitch. However, she was initially reluctant to go down for the photograph at half-time.
"He had told me he had entered into a competition and we had a one in four chance of winning it. We sat down at 6.25pm and his name was announced he had won," Ruth explained.
She joked she was busy watching the "eye candy" as the players filed past but when Robert was handed the microphone she realised something was amiss.
After he popped the question, Ruth revealed she was so shocked it took her around 20 seconds to reply.
After the match ended, with Leinster securing a 30-21 victory, the couple opened a bottle of champagne with friends and family.
"The wedding definitely won't be on a pitch," she laughed.
However, the rugby supporter admitted it probably wouldn't be on a Leinster match day either.