Monday 20 November 2017

Alex (7) is off to Aviva... thanks to his idol Jamie

A Dublin boy has seen his dream come true after Leinster rugby star Jamie Heaslip offered him tickets for the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

Alex O'Reilly (7) will also get a chance to meet the whole team and, hopefully, his sporting hero at the much-anticipated clash against Cardiff at the Aviva Stadium.

Mum Emma O'Reilly said: "He got his passion for rugby from my mum Anne and I, we're both rugby mad. I started taking him to games when he was just four, he was usually the youngest supporter there but he was louder than everyone else.

"I took him to the RDS and he was so excited he was running amok. We have memorabilia from all the matches that he's been to -- signed jerseys, rugby balls -- he's just rugby mad and his sister Leah (11) is very supportive of him, even though she's not a fan herself."

When he realised that his idol Jamie was often on the radio, he contacted 98fm to speak to him during the Morning Crew's Cool School Run.

He was told that they would arrange it for him if he won his next match with the Terenure's under 8s rugby team. "He worked so hard to make sure it happened, they won 20-5 in the end, but he didn't believe he was actually going to speak to Jamie so he screamed when he got him on the phone yesterday," Emma said.

Jamie (28) called from Camp Ireland in Limerick to congratulate Alex on his win and even managed to grab the excited schoolboy some Heineken Cup tickets for next April.


"Alex was so happy. He's training really hard to be one of the Leinster players one day.

"That is what he's wanted to do since he started playing when he was three years old, so this is one more step towards it the way he sees it. At the moment he doesn't have a specific position in his team -- they're too young -- but he wants to be number eight, like his hero," Emma added.


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