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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Science geek Jamie works out formula for rugby-life balance

Jamie Heaslip hopes to drive home the message that science is really good fun
Jamie Heaslip hopes to drive home the message that science is really good fun

Rugby star Jamie Heaslip is determined that he and his long-term girlfriend Sheena O'Buachalla will not become a rugby power couple.

Heaslip says he prefers to keep his private life to himself.

"It's a conscious decision I made," he told the Herald. "I am fine about my rugby stuff being talked about but I like to keep my private life exactly that - private. Mainly because the people in it didn't ask to be in the public eye."

The couple have been dating for several years and live together. "Rugby is a very public forum so it's important to keep some things to yourself," Heaslip added.

The Leinster player also said he has no desire to follow in the footsteps of Brian O'Driscoll and become a sports pundit when he retires.

"I don't have a strong enough vocabulary to write articles and my dad says I swear like a sailor so that could be a problem on live TV. I'd be a bit of a hazard."

However, the 30-year-old wouldn't rule out a career as a radio DJ.

"I really like radio but if I was doing it I wouldn't want it to be rugby related I'd prefer to do a chat show with music.

Heaslip is an ambassador for National Science Week which runs from November 9 -16. Jamie studied medical engineering at DCU and is passionate about science.

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