Dubai: Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll, arguably one of the biggest names in world rugby, will make a guest appearance at the Emirates-sponsored IRB Under-19 World Championship tonight.
The Irish star, who had played in the tournament way back in 1998, will fly in for a brief visit during Ireland's crucial clash with France at the Dubai Exiles Rugby Club at 6pm.
"We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming such a big name as Brian O'Driscoll to Dubai for this world-class championship and his presence at the tournament is very exciting for everyone," said Gary Chapman, president Group Services, Emirates Group the major sponsors of the event.
"Brian is one of the true superstars of the game and news of his arrival adds even more interest to the great line-up of games that are to be played in the second round of pool matches," Chapman said.
Since making his debut for the senior Irish national team in June 1999, O'Driscoll has gone on to win 62 caps for his country, plus four for the British and Irish Lions. He has racked up 28 tries for the two teams that he has gone on to captain as well.
O'Driscoll played for Ireland under-19 team that won the 1998 World Championship.
"Obviously I have fond memories of that tournament as we went on to win it," O'Driscoll said. "It was also a first opportunity to play at such a very high level."