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What's all the fuss about? Baby Thomas relaxes ahead of BOD's Aviva farewell

THIS sleepy rugby fan has little idea of the momentous occasion for Brian O'Driscoll later today.

Thomas Fullam is just 11 days old and is pretty oblivious about the hype surrounding BOD's final home game.

But the moment hasn't escaped the notice of his rugby-mad parents Paddy and Aine from Rochestown in Cork who asked photographer Ann-Marie Collins to take this picture.

Thomas is named in honour of his grandfather Tom who was a talented rugby player with Bandon RFC.

"My husband, Paddy, is absolutely mad about rugby and describes Brian O'Driscoll as a legend," Aine said.

EMOTIONAL

"We won't be in the Aviva for the Italy game because Thomas is still too young, having only been born on February 24."

Paddy and Aine are major Munster and Ireland fans and are now hoping that baby Thomas takes a nap in time for them to catch the Ireland-Italy game albeit with the TV sound turned down.

Meanwhile, Brian had a special tribute for his little bundle of joy on a personalised pair of Adidas boots for his final home game in the Six Nations Championship.

In honour of the emotional occasion, the Ireland and Leinster centre added some very personal touches to his boots by writing 'BOD' on them as well as the letters 'A&S' – a nod to his wife Amy and daughter Sadie.

The Adidas ambassador showed off the customised boots, the Predator Incurza XT online.

The lateral side of the boots, which are not available for resale, also feature the words 'Leinster' as well as 'Ad Astra', which is Latin for 'to the stars', the wording on his club UCD's crest.

His entire family, including his baby daughter and his actress wife, will be cheering him on from the sidelines today as his legendary playing career starts to wind down.

And contrary to popular belief, it seems that Munster natives have divided allegiances when it comes to the legendary O'Driscoll.

NAMESAKE

Although they may claim to be big supporters of the Red Army, a total of 14 BOD babies have been born in the region since he began his international career.

A Registry Office probe by the Herald has revealed that while two babies named Brian O'Driscoll have been born in Leinster, a total of 14 have been christened in Munster.

One mini-Brian entered the world just four days after their namesake scored a try against France in the Six Nations clash in 2005.

And another mini BOD was born in Munster in February 2013 on the same weekend that Ireland took on England in the Six Nations.

This was also the same weekend that Amy Huberman gave birth to their own daughter Sadie.

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