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BOD catches up with his old school friends

LEINSTER rugby hero Brian O'Driscoll enjoyed an afternoon catch-up with a group of old school pals at the Beachcomber pub in Killester on St Stephen's Day.

The Diary spotted the Irish rugby captain -- who had been out of action in recent weeks due to a jaw injury -- having a laugh with his old friends ahead of joining the boys in blue to take on Ulster yesterday at Ravenhill in Belfast.

However conscientious Brian (31) was keen to ensure he was on top form for the much anticipated Magners League clash, which saw Leinster walk away with a 30-13 victory, by sticking to soft drinks all afternoon.

The sportsman and his new wife Amy Huberman had enjoyed a quiet family Christmas, with the couple visiting his parents in the morning, before moving on to the actress's family home in Cabinteely for their home-cooked turkey dinner.

"It was our first year as a married couple and the lady gets to choose," Amy explained.

"I had no desire to cook. I plan to enjoy those Christmas dinners at home for as long as I can," she laughed.

The busy star, who has been filming Stella Days in Tipperary, says her resolution for the New Year is to focus her energies on writing her second novel, a follow up to her hit book, Hello Heartbreak.