Saturday 16 December 2017

Rugby stars prove a tasty dish for female fans

Luke Fitzgerald and Brian O'Driscoll work the grill
Luke Fitzgerald and Brian O'Driscoll work the grill
Luke Fitzgerald and Brian O'Driscoll serve up some chicken
Fergus McFadden, Rob Kearney, Eoin O'Malley and Brian O'Driscoll have a laugh while helping raise money for Temple Street Children's Hospital
Your waiter tonight is Brian O'Driscoll

Kevin Keane

DINERS in a Dublin restaurant got an unusual 'house special' last night when the world's most famous rugby centre dished-up their dinner.

Ireland and Leinster star Brian O'Driscoll (above right) was in Nando's in Dundrum, Dublin, along with Leinster rugby team members Fergus McFadden, Rob Kearney and Eoin O'Malley, where they served up Nando's famous piri-piri chicken to customers to raise money for Temple Street Children's Hospital.

The sight of the rugby stars had the female fans literally queuing out the door.

And such was their performance in the kitchen that some of the players could have found a job to fall back on once their sporting career comes to an end.

Hannah Webb from Dunboyne, Co Meath, found out about the event on Facebook and said she was hoping to have her meal served up by Luke Fitzgerald.

"He's more our age than Brian O'Driscoll," the 19-year-old exclaimed.

"Plus he's single," her friend Shauna Farrell (19) from Castleknock, Co Dublin, added.

"It doesn't matter what the service is like so long as they're looking well," another of the group of five friends said.

Inside, Aisling O'Brien from Donnybrook, Dublin, insisted she was first and foremost a fan of rugby and not of the players, as she awaited the delivery of her desert by one of the Leinster stars.

"OK, maybe both," she admitted. "Some of the younger players are eligible bachelors," she agreed, "but it's just nice to meet them in person and see what they're really like."

Richard Exton from Nando's said the idea for the rugby-restaurant came from a chat he had with O'Driscoll.

And according to Temple Street Hospital spokeswoman Mo Durkan, many of the players are also regular visitors to its wards.

Irish Independent

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