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BOD's delight as adventurous Amy arrives for crunch clash

IRISH rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll has spoken of his delight that wife Amy Huberman is supporting him in New Zealand.

Actress Amy and fellow WAGs Susie Amy, Aoife Cogan and Dairine Cullen are en route to Wellington in the north island where Ireland will play Wales in the quarter finals.

The women flew to New Zealand last week ahead of Ireland's victory over Italy. And while their other halves are busy with their hectic training schedules, the wives and girlfriends have not been sitting still.

Since the match, the women have stopped off at the adventure capital Queenstown, where Amy was one of the brave few to attempt a sky dive. The pint-sized star posted a photo online of her jump from 10,000ft.

Captain Brian O'Driscoll said he was glad to have her support -- the majority of players have been kept in away from families during the crucial qualifying matches. "My better half is coming to join me -- my folks are also here -- having spent some time in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, where she did a parachute jump from 10,000 feet," Brian said.

The team arrived in Wellington earlier this week, where they have been hard at work in the gym and in training sessions.

The number 13 said that he was raring to go on Saturday and that the team was overwhelmed by the number of Irish fans who are behind them.

"We've been spoiled rotten with the support so far but we're hoping that it will continue for Saturday's game. It's been absolutely phenomenal and invaluable in pushing the team further every time," he said.

"We'd like to give them something to shout about again this weekend."

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