Friday 23 March 2018

'Boring' Brian enjoys nights in with Sadie

Brian O'Driscoll in Hawthorn, Melbourne
Brian O'Driscoll in Hawthorn, Melbourne
Amy Huberman
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

RUGBY star Brian O'Driscoll celebrated the Lions' first test win over Australia by staying in and playing dad.

Speaking of the touring side's narrow win over the Wallabies on Saturday, the 33-year-old centre said he spent the night rocking his four-month-old daughter Sadie instead of partying into the small hours. O'Driscoll said times have changed since his first tour 12 years ago, and that he was now a "boring old man". But he was content to adopt a more tame approach to the celebrations.

The Leinster player is currently on his fourth tour with the British and Irish Lions, but it is his first as a father. He was joined by his actress wife Amy Huberman and baby Sadie in Australia last week.

"I went back to the hotel on Saturday night after only my second match victory for the Lions. And how did I celebrate? A wild party with a good few drinks?

"Not quite. I spent a lot of time walking down the hotel corridor trying to get Sadie to sleep."

"I remember 12 years ago celebrating in the City Rowers here in Brisbane, having a few drinks, a great night. Mind you, I was content doing what I did on Saturday night as whooping it up in 2001. I struggle after games these days. That was not the most physically demanding test, but emotionally it was right up there."

He continued: "I felt drained. It was a beer or two in the team room, looking after herself, then off to bed."

O'Driscoll, who spent Sunday afternoon with his parents, Frank and Geraldine, to toast their 40th wedding anniversary, also said it meant a great deal to the team to have their loved ones see them off before heading to Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

The Lions play Melbourne Rebels this morning and will go up against Australia for the second test of the 2013 tour in Melbourne this Saturday.

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