Pic: Coolest thing ever! Niall Horan delighted with his new Leinster jersey
One Direction star Niall Horan got a nice surprise when Leinster rugby sent him a complimentary jersey ahead of a concert in St Louis.
The Mullingar native is a massive sports fans was delighted with the gift, vowing to wear it at the RDS this season.
He posted a pic of himself in the kit on instagram with the message: "Got the best surprise before I went on stage in st.louis ! @leinsterrugby sent me the new leinster home jersey with personalised with my name stitched onto it ! Coolest thing ever ! Thank you soo much , can't wait to wear it at a game this season! #CMONYOUBOYSINBLUE !."
Niall is friends with some of the Leinster stars and played golf with Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll ahead of their concerts in Croke Park back in May.
In March 2013, Brian gave the Mullingar man a signed Ireland Rugby shirt with 'Horan' emblazoned on the back.
Niall tweeted a picture of the jersey with the caption: “Amazing day at Ireland v France! Brian O’Driscoll ya hero!”
A few days later at Brian's testimonial dinner in London, they also shared some time together.
"Had the greatest night at @BrianODriscoll testimonial last night! Met some great people! Had the Craic! #irishinlondon", Niall tweeted after the event.
Horan also became embroiled in an online Twitter spat with Welsh scrum-half Mike Phillips after Ireland's victory over the Welsh at the beginning of February.
"Mike Phillips is like a child throwing his toys out of his pram," 20-year-old Horan wrote during the game. "His attitude is terrible, looks like a right arrogant idiot."
Phillips invited the 1D singer to come down to the Welsh training ground.
"Bring the rest of The Beatles with you," Phillips wrote. Thankfully, fullback Rob Kearney was on hand to offer Horan both emotional and physical support, telling the pop sensation: "I've got your back."
Kearney and Phillips had clashed during the game after the late try by Paddy Jackson. Horan swiftly thanked Kearney, saying Phillips was simply 'raging' that "Sexto beat them on his right foot!"