IRELAND rugby ace Jordi Murphy has a very honest young man to thank for the safe return of his Six Nations championship medal.
The Leinster and Ireland star took off his hoodie to give it to an adoring fan who turned out at Dublin Airport to welcome the side home from Paris.
However, the 22-year-old did not realise his prized medal was in the pocket when he handed it over.
Thankfully for Jordi, the fan handed it back.
"To win a first Six Nations medal is obviously a very special moment for me, my family, friends and club, so you can imagine my reaction when I realised what had happened," he said.
"A few choice words were used at the time, but I'm delighted it has been sorted and the medal is now safely stored at home.
"I won't let it out of my sight for a while, just to be on the safe side."
The medal had particular significance for the Barcelona-born player as it was his first season playing for Ireland as well as his first Six Nations.
The tournament celebrations came to a halt this week with many in the winning side back in training ahead of Leinster's RaboDirect Pro12 fixture tonight against Zebre.
Jordi will line out with the squad this evening for the home match at the RDS.
A special state reception will be held for the Irish squad at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park next Wednesday at 2pm.
Sports and Tourism junior minister Michael Ring said yesterday: "The Government is very happy to honour the Irish team for their great achievement in winning the Six Nations Rugby Championship."