Saturday 20 January 2018

Perfect marriage on cards as Irish Lions ready to roar

Sexton with his fiancee Laura Priestly
Sexton with his fiancee Laura Priestly

Nicola Anderson and Conor George Brisbane

THE Lions Tour has always been the pinnacle of the "game they play in heaven". And what could be more suitable an accompaniment than the sound of wedding bells?

It seems that despite the tight schedule of training on the other side of the globe, Jonathon Sexton (27) has managed to find some down time to finalise crucial arrangements for his forthcoming nuptials.

Sexton is scheduled to marry fiancee Laura Priestly (27) just two days after he returns from Australia.

Team-mate Paul O'Connell is also getting married to girlfriend Emily O'Leary – but he has a little more time on his side. His wedding will not take place until two weeks after his return.

And while O'Connell has admitted that Emily is doing most of the planning for their wedding, he says Sexton is a different story.

He is "high on the detail of the wedding" and is "on the computer a lot, emailing" as he tries to help out with organising the wedding at Adare Manor in Limerick.

The former Leinster player and his childhood sweetheart will then start a new life together in Paris as he prepares to line out for Racing Metro next season.

It is very much a family affair for the Lions squad this time round, with Brian O'Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman and four-month- old daughter Sadie arriving earlier in the week.

Facing the long flight with some trepidation, Amy tweeted: "Heard about the baby that slept all the way to Australia? No, me neither."

After an apparently eventful journey, the actress later revealed that the flight had been "pretty much like a dirty protest in a Cambodian jail 35,000ft in the air".

Whoever thought of packing a hurley and sliotar was in the good books with the rest of the squad as the Irish players passed on the skills of the ancient game.

The squad looked relaxed at yesterday's training session at the Churchie Anglican Church Grammar School ahead of tomorrow's first test in Brisbane.

COUNTDOWN TO THE FIRST TEST: SPORT

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