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Luke finally goes public with girlfriend Cheryl ... who's a ringer for Nadia

RUGBY star Luke Fitzgerald went public with his romance over the weekend.

The Ireland winger set tongues wagging after turning up to the Leinster Ball on Saturday night with a new lady.

And onlookers couldn't help remarking on the uncanny similarity the young lady in question bore to his former girlfriend Nadia Forde – who attended the same event with him in 2012.

In fact, the Diary can reveal that his other half is Ballymun-born model and club dancer Cheryl O'Rourke, whom he has been dating for the past year.

Clearly Luke has a certain type, given that the Diva Next Door winner has the same brown eyes, sallow skin and curvy figure as his ex-girlfriend.

Wearing a full-length citrus coloured evening gown with a revealing plunging neckline, the 5ft 3in beauty looked tiny in comparison to her strapping partner as they were snapped outside the Mansion House.

While his sporting career might not be going to plan right now, given the Leinster winger was once again withdrawn from the squad at the last minute, his personal life is clearly going well.

He has been plagued with a problem with groin muscles since last January, forcing him to miss the Six Nations as he tried to recover.

Cheering him up no doubt has been Cheryl, whom he was first linked with last summer but has yet to publicly comment on the romance.

A source said: "The rugby guys usually like to keep their cards close to their chests when it comes to new girlfriends and relationships. So the fact that he brought her as his date to the event shows that they're clearly moving things up a notch.

"Things are obviously going well between them."

This is the first time that the sports star has been publicly linked with a lady since breaking up with top model Nadia.

The pair dated for over a year, with the model-turned-singer a constant support to him during his injury woes and a regular attendee at his matches.


They parted ways in May 2012 after deciding it wasn't working but neither of them have ever spoken at length about the relationship.

Nadia recently flew over to LA to try and make it as a pop star and was filmed in her adventures for a TV3 documentary.

This week saw her releasing her new singleBPM which has met with a good reaction from fans.

She has stayed single since her split from Luke, saying she's too busy concentrating on her career.