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Low-key bash for legends Bod and Leo

The careers of two of Leinster’s greatest ever players will wind down on a low-key note tomorrow night.

It’s a big weekend for the men in blue who take on the Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect Pro 12 final on Saturday and the team are gunning to secure more silverware before the curtain falls for the last time on the careers of Brian O’Driscoll and Leo Cullen.

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However, Leinster rugby have no big bash planned for this weekend as they want all the focus to be on the final and the team putting in the best performance possible.

“We wanted this weekend to be just about the match and we said an official goodbye to Brian and Leo after their recent game in Edinburgh,” a Leinster representative told the

“There will just be the usual post-match meal for the teams and their close friends and family after the game on Saturday in the RDS.

“There is nothing special planned but this was done beforehand so we could concentrate completely on the final.

“Whatever the players do after the meal is up to them.”

However, with a large number of Leinster stars due to begin preparations next week ahead of the Irish rugby squad’s summer tour to Argentina, it is likely to be a quiet affair.

Up to ten members of the Leinster squad will be among the players taking part in Joe Schmidt’s squad for the test tour while a number of other Leinster players will also be taking part in tournaments this summer.

While it will be low-key celebrations as far as bosses are concerned, nearly 20,000 die-hard Leinster fans are planning one hell of a party as they toast BOD and Leo Cullen’s last ever game in a Leinster shirt.

Rousing

The usual seating capacity of the RDS stadium has been increased with Leinster deciding to install an extra 800 seats to ensure more fans have the chance to see their heroes.

The RDS will now boast a capacity of 19,200 on Saturday with a sold-out crowd hoping to see Leinster end their season on a high and to reward Cullen and O’Driscoll with another rousing goodbye.

The players’ other-halves, including glamorous actress and wife of Dublin legend O’Driscoll, Amy Huberman, will be on hand to support their partners at the final this weekend.

Amy is set to be joined at the RDS by Brian’s family and the players’ wives and girlfriends, including Cullen’s wife Dairine, Cian Healy’s model girlfriend Holly Carpenter and wife of Gordon D’Arcy, Aoife Cogan.

After enjoying a summer break, Cullen will take up a coaching role with Leinster and O’Driscoll has yet to reveal his plans.

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