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Brian and Amy share wedding tips with Zara as rugby heroes party

Ireland's rugby stars and their WAGs were on parade as the team toasted their victory over England at the weekend.

Star couple Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman picked up some tips ahead of the royal wedding next month, when chatting with the Queen's grand-daughter Zara Phillips and her fiance, English rugby captain Mike Tindall.

The Herald spotted the newlywed Irish rugby captain and his stunning wife -- who have nabbed an invite to Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials on April 29 -- deep in conversation with the injured English player and his bride-to-be, at Krystle nightclub, as the boys in green celebrated their big win.

Dressed to impress in a fitted purple dress, Amy easily rivalled her royal counterpart in the style stakes, as the two ladies chatted about the day's happenings on the pitch.

The talented actress explained how she is still in the dark as to whether she and her sportsman hubby will be in a position to join Zara and the rest of the royal family for one of the biggest society events of the decade however.

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Amy, was joined by other rugby WAGS, including Aoife Cogan, Tina Wallace and Jessica O'Gara as they stopped off to change from their comfy rugby wear into a touch of glam before the dinner at the Four Seasons.

Meanwhile Zara, who had spent the week enjoying the festivities at the Cheltenham festival in her home town before jetting to Dublin for the big game, made the most of her night on the town in Ireland, partying alongside fellow rugby WAGs until the early hours.

And the only daughter of Princess Anne proved she had no airs and graces by stopping off for a McDonald's with Tindall and fellow English players including Chris Ashton, on the way back to their hotel.

Among the other big names who partied at the VIP club after Ireland dashed their opponent's Grand Slam dreams with a 24-8 victory, was The Saturdays songstress Una Healy.

The Tipperary beauty was on hand to support her other half, English rugby player, Ben Foden, but admitted she was thrilled with her home country's victorious result.

Meanwhile, former Footballers Wives actress, Susie Amy, who hails from London, explained how she was rooting for the Irish to win, given that her longterm boyfriend Rob Kearney plays for them. The injured Louth man was in flying form as he partied alongside his teammates including Luke Fitzgerald, Tommy Bowe, Jamie Heaslip, Peter Stringer, Jonathan Sexton and Geordan Murphy.

Leo Cullen, Luke Fitzgerald, Rory Best, David Wallace, Keith Earls and Shane Horgan also joined in the celebrations.

Other big names spotted at the no-expense spared VIP bash included Gordon D'Arcy's girlfriend Aoife Cogan and fellow Assets models Karena Graham and Hayley Ryan.

lnolan@herald.ie