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CUT! Amy hopes for a break from filming to cheer on BOD in NZ

ACTRESS Amy Huberman (32) was a firm fixture on the sidelines during Ireland's last Rugby World Cup bid in 2007.

Now, the wife of Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll is hoping that her filming schedule will allow her to fly down to cheer on the boys in green for the 2011 tournament.

With fewer than 10 weeks to go before the home side get their World Cup campaign under way, she's keeping her fingers crossed that her work commitments will allow her join the throngs of Irish fans in New Zealand.

She has spent the summer working in London after being signed up as one of the stars of Comedy Central's new sitcom Threesome, which sees her playing a 30-something who gets pregnant by her best friend.

However, she is in the middle of filming the seven-episode series and has thrown herself into her latest challenge.

"The honest answer is, I don't know whether she's going over or not right now -- it all depends on her work schedule," said a source. "Obviously, she's hoping to go over but it all depends on whether filming has finished or not."

The Ireland squad, which has two injury worries in the form of Gordon D'Arcy and Stephen Ferris, will tackle their first match in the campaign when they take on USA on September 11 at New Plymouth.

Coach Declan Kidney will eases his players back into action against Andy Robinson's Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday ahead of naming his squad on August 22.

It's not yet clear how many Irish people will be making the 48-hour journey to see the lads playing, given that fewer than 500 sports fans have taken up the official tour packages.

The recession has put off large numbers from travelling over, with tour-guide estimates predicting fewer than 1,000 Irish fans in total making the trip from Dublin in September and October.

But Irish fans will be boosted by the significant number of Irish backpackers and emigrants already living in the Southern Hemisphere, who will make their way over to New Zealand.

The full official package, with an extra game included, now costs €6,950. Killester Travel is offering packages starting from €3,250 for campervan, tickets and flights deal, up to their full "Albatross Package".

mfinn@herald.ie


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