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Healy ready to take front-row slot at Oxegen

IRISH rugby player Cian Healy will be belting the tunes out this weekend at Oxegen under the alias of DJ Church.

In honour of his rapping idol, 50 Cent, Healy will be drawing the crowds when he kicks off Europe's favourite rock weekend by opening the Dance Arena and mixing the beats in the Red Bull Music Academy.

"Cian is really into rapping and is very big on these sort of festivals. He has played a number of gigs before and now to be playing in the great location of Punchestown is a dream come true for him. He has a real passion for it and 50 Cent, of course, is his hero. Cian is a very talented guy. He is an amazing artist, skate boarder, inline blader and break dancer," said his agent.

Healy was first called up to the Irish squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship. In November 2009, he made his international debut in the test against Australia at Croke Park, and was praised afterwards by coach Declan Kidney for his performance.

However the talented 23-year-old does not just have the credentials of a fast-emerging prop, he will be opening the Dance Arena at 2pm on Friday along with DJ Gordo. The Dance Arena has a reputation for giving fans the best in electro, techno and house. Over the weekend, some of the biggest names in dance music as well as the freshest new DJ talent will grace the temple of dance alongside the Clontarf clubman, including headliners Simian Mobile Disco, Armand Van Helden and Steve Angello.

Healy is currently on holiday in Croatia with his girlfriend of two years Laura Smith, and after his big debut, will head to Marbella for two weeks for some fun in the sun.