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Brave Lion limps back home ... but Cian has Holly to soothe his pain

IT will be a bittersweet reunion for love birds Holly Carpenter and injured rugby star Cian Healy when he returns home from the Lions tour.

The Dublin couple had been bracing themselves to spend six weeks apart as Cian joined the British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour in Australia.

But just one week in, the Leinster and Ireland rugby prop is packing his bags again after injury forced him to pull out of the remainder of the tour.

Holly, who made no secret about how much she would miss her man, was keeping herself occupied in his absence as she soaked up the sun on a girls' holiday in Greece this week.

"I'm 100pc positive that he will be fine," the 21-year-old told the Herald. "He has lion blood."

Cian will return to Ireland from Australia on Sunday and Holly is also due back from holidays this weekend. The 25-year-old was forced to pull out of the squad following Wednesday's match against Western Force in Perth, with scans revealing serious ligament damage around the ankle.

It was a day of mixed emotions for the Clontarf native yesterday after he was cleared of biting during the game, only to have his Lions dream ended shortly afterwards. Now Holly, is looking forward to seeing Cian and giving him her full support.

The the former Miss Ireland has been topping up her tan while enjoying cocktails with her best pal from childhood, Jessica on Greek party island Ios. Holly revealed how she "never felt so chilled" as she tweeted photos of her tanned and tone figure in a series of colourful bikinis.

"It is so beautiful here," she said.

However, her thoughts were still with rugby star Cian as she admitted "wish he was here". Holly watched in dismay from an Irish bar on Wednesday amid early fears that Cian may have broken his ankle.

She soon regained her composure and is now upbeat that her boyfriend of more than one year will be fine.


It is set to be a busy summer for the Dubliner, who has planned another trip to Egypt on top of her modelling gigs and acting classes.

Holly will also be hitting screens on the new series of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model, which premieres later this month, June 20, on Sky Living HD.

The AR model is believed to have made it to the finals of the hit modelling reality show, hosted by Elle Macpherson and new judge, Dannii Minogue, following in the footsteps of Love/Hate star Susan Loughnane, London-based model Hannah Devane and Cork native Lisa Madden.